To receive the monthly OSS E-Updates, please sign up.
Look here for the latest information about upcoming training events, new resources, grant opportunities, and school safety announcements.
E-Updates 2024
E-Updates 2023
E-Updates 2022
E-Updates 2021
E-Updates 2020
E-Updates 2019
E-Updates 2018
E-Updates 2017


2019 Legislative School Safety Interim Committee

CSSRC Remarks at the School Safety Interim Committee on August 20, 2019

CSSRC Remarks presented to the Interim School Safety Committee by Chris Harms  (PDF)

The Interim School Safety Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Old State Library State Capitol Building, Denver, Colorado. Chris Harms, Director, Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) Department of Public Safety, testified and answered questions on behalf of the Center on the Agenda: Creating Consistency in School Safety Across State Departments.

Archived audio of the session can be found on the Colorado General Assembly Website. You can also search the archives by typing "Interim School Safety Committee" into the Search box to listen to the 2019 Interim Committees Archived Audio.

2023 Interagency Working Group on School Safety

The School Safety Working Group (SSWG), organized under SB20-023 and HB22-1274, completed their legislatively mandated work in 2023.  A collaboration of the state agencies that provide resources to schools, the group was tasked with:
  • Studying and implementing feedback of the state auditor's report regarding school safety released in September 2019;
  • Considering program organization and recommending reorganization if necessary;
  • Identifying shared metrics to examine program effectiveness;
  • Facilitating interagency coordination and communication;
  • Increasing transparency and accessibility of state grants and resources, particularly for school districts without a grant writer, which includes improving outreach and may include developing common grant applications;
  • Facilitating and addressing data sharing, including allowable data sharing at the local level, when appropriate and allowable under state and federal law; and
  • Addressing school safety program challenges in a coordinated way.
The final report of this stage of the work is attached here.  Both the Office of School Safety and the Colorado Department of Education will facilitate completion of many of the SSWG's recommendations and continue the statewide collaborations.  
Please direct any questions about this work to Christine.harms@state.co.us or 303-912-6915.  Thank you.

Legislative Reports

2009 Legislative Report                                  

2010 Legislative Report                                  

2011 Legislative Report                                  

2012 Legislative Report                                 

2013 Legislative Report                                 

2014 Legislative Report                                 

2015 Legislative Report                                 

2016 Legislative Report                                 

2017 Legislative Report                                 

2018 Legislative Report                                 

2019 Legislative Report                                 

2020 Legislative Report                                   

2021 Legislative Report                                     

2022 Legislative Report           

2023 Legislative Report

CSSRC Webcasts


Sexting: What You Need to Know

Take 5: School Safety - August, 2018


This guide is a companion piece to the course that corresponds to the screencasts linked below. It was designed for in-class instruction on the course content subchapters: Introduction to the CSSRC, Healthy Relationships, Juvenile Sexting, Legal Matters, Consequences, and Conclusion. It is targeted to prevention educators of middle and high school students. It contains broad suggestions which could be adapted for younger and older audiences.

Chris Harms, the Director of the CSSRC, had the opportunity to address municipal leaders about supporting school safety. Learn more about the event in the video below.


CSSRC Update: Childhood Trauma & Schools - July, 2017

CSSRC Update: Important Things to Know as a Mandated to Report Child Abuse - April, 2017


Chris Harms, Director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) provides a brief overview of new understanding about the impacts of trauma on children's and adolescents' ability to learn.

April is child abuse prevention month. In this brief video, a Child Abuse Prevention Specialist from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center goes over a few important things that you should know if you are mandated by Colorado law to report suspected child abuse.


CSSRC Update: Top Tips for School Safety Situational Awareness & Training - Feb. 2017

CSSRC Update: Youth Suicide Prevention: How to Recognize Signs and What to Do - Jan. 2017


In this short video, Emergency Response Outreach Coordinator Brad Stiles of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center walks through two top tips to help ensure safety at schools. One: Establish situational awareness. Two: Train and exercise.

Unfortunately, Colorado continues to rank in the top 10 states for death by suicide for all age groups. Suicide is also the second most frequent reason that our youth die. Anna Gisetti, School Outreach Consultant for the Center, has some reminders for school staff about suicide prevention this webcast.


CSSRC Update: Claire Davis Act - November, 2016


Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) Director Chris Harms provides an update on progress and implications that have come out of Colorado SB 15-213 ("The Claire Davis Act", which waives governmental Immunity for acts of school violence) and SB 15-214 (creating the School Safety and Youth Mental Health Committee to study issues related to school safety and the prevention of threats to the safety of students, teachers, administrators, employees, and volunteers present on the grounds of public and private schools.)

Other Communications


We would love to hear your story!

Email OSS with your school safety stories at CDPS_School_Safety_Center@state.co.us.

Loveland's Hidden Hearts: District Crossing Guards, Reporter Herald, 9/6/14

Colorado School Safety Resource Center flyer   high lighting trainings, consultations and technical assistance available at NO-COST throughout the state.

The 2017 Needs Assessment Summary and the 2013 Needs Assessment Summary reflects the school safety needs that are of most interest to Colorado school personnel.

Follow @CoSSRC on Twitter for daily information about training opportunities, grants, resources, and school safety tips.

Sign up for monthly E-Updates and School Safety Newsletters with the latest information about upcoming training events, grant opportunities, new resources, and announcements.

Follow CSSRC on Livestream to watch videos of school safety training events.

CSSRC Social Media Guidelines

Contact CSSRC at 303-550-2737 or CDPS_School_Safety_Center@state.co.us.