The Office of School Safety and Prevention (SS&P) provides funding, training, and technical assistance for safe and supportive learning environments that meet the continuum of school safety ~ prevention, intervention and response. Through collaboration with diverse local, state and federal partners, the Office supports Arizona schools so that students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Strategies utilized by SS&P are grounded in evidence of effectiveness, and the Office contributes to the knowledge base through its own data collection, program evaluation, and research efforts.


All Arizona school communities will provide a safe and supportive learning environment that cultivates positive child and youth development, well-being and success in education and in life.


School Safety and Prevention works collaboratively across disciplines to empower schools in utilizing evidence-based practices to create safe and supportive learning environments.


Specific  Definition  of  Persistently  Dangerous  School  Label 
(Adopted by Arizona State Board 6-26-06)

A persistently dangerous school is any school that has four (4) or more firearms brought to campus in the baseline analysis (2000-01 data) and an average of four (4) incidents of firearms brought to campus under the Gun Free School Act (with or without modification as allowed in the law) for school year (SY) 00-01 and SY 01-02, unless objective explanatory data or prevention data submitted by a school to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Student Services Division allows exemption.  Schools that are identified as “persistently dangerous” will be required to provide all students with the option to transfer (within the District, transfer code WR2).

What You Should Know

Research supports the relationship between risk behaviors, conditions on campus, and academic performance.

    • A substantial body of evidence demonstrates that school violence and disorder interfere with normal psychosocial development and academic learning.
    • Students who feel safe at school perform better academically than students that do not feel safe.
    • The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is closely related to reduced attention span, lower investment in homework, negative attitudes toward school, lower motivation, and increased absenteeism.
    • Students who are threatened with violence on school grounds have lower academic achievement scores than students that have not been threatened with violence.
    • Kids who feel connected to school are less likely to be involved in risky health behaviors: drug use, cigarette smoking, early sex, violence, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
    • Considerable overlap exists among the risk factors that predispose youth to substance abuse, violence, teen pregnancy, and school failure.  The same is true for protective factors that buffer them against negative like outcomes.