Get Involved - Schools

SPD Safe Place is a safety initiative designed to assist the victims of hate/bias crime, student bullying and to encourage the reporting of these crimes.

How can my school participate?

  • Order decal(s)
  • Commit to the Safe Place principles
  • Once your request is received, SPD's LGBTQ liaison officer will deliver or mail your decals and/or posters to your location and provide further training to you and/or your staff on the SPD Safe Place concept. 
  • The decals shall be placed at the front entrance of the school office and GSA room (if applicable).

What are my responsibilities?

Although the SPD SAFE PLACE program is free and voluntary, it is important that you educate your staff regarding their responsibilities:

  • To call school security and 911 if a criminal bullying incident occurs. 
  • TO allow the student to remain in the office until police arrive.

School Policy Recommendations:

PRIOR to publicly announcing inclusion in the SPD SAFE PLACE initiative, School Districts Should:

  • Update existing student bullying policies.
  • Establish clear school district protocol for educating all students, teachers, managers, and school district officials/employees regarding the policies relating to, definitions of, reporting of, documenting of, and the level of accountability and/or consequences surrounding students who engage in, or school district employees who fail to follow protocol and take appropriate action in regards to student bullying. 
  • Mandate the reporting of ANY allegation of student bullying, regardless if the district employee believes it meets the legal criteria of bullying. 
  • The district should assign one Student Bullying Liaison, who is familiar with the district's current bulling policies, reporting mandates, legal definitions & issues and/or precedent involving potential liability for the district.  
  • This Student Bullying Liaison will be responsible for receiving all cases within the district where allegations of student bullying arise, and will be directly responsible to the Superintendent for insuring that the student bullying reporting system is efficient, effective, legally defensible, understood by all, and enforced.
  • Once these new criteria is established, the SPD SAFE PLACE initiative will be an effective tool to help educate everyone on student bullying issues, assist in protecting the victims of student bullying, instill confidence with the students and/or potential victims.  This will help show that the school district's student bullying policies have legitimacy, substance, and a follow-through mechanism.