About the Center
Current Events
Site Map
Early Warning, Timely Response
A Guide to Safe Schools

Welcome to the online browseable version of the guide.  This version has broken the document up into several pages, or files, for quicker loading.  Below you will find a table of contents - simply select the link for the section you are interested in.   Each page has a table of contents along the left-hand side for easy navigation, as well as links to the next and previous sections. 

Executive Summary
1.  A Guide to Safe Schools
      About This Guide
    Using the Guide To Develop a Plan of Action
2.  Characteristics of a School That Is Safe and Responsive to All Children
3.  Early Warning Signs

   Principles for Identifying the Early Warning Signs of School Violence
    Early Warning Signs
    Identifying and Responding to Imminent Warning Signs
    Using the Early Warning Signs To Shape Intervention Practices
4.  Intervention: Getting Help for Troubled Children
    Principles Underlying Intervention
    Intervening Early with Students Who Are at Risk for Behavioral Problems
    Providing Intensive, Individualized Interventions for Students with Severe Behavioral Problems
    Providing a Foundation To Prevent and Reduce Violent Behavior
5.  Developing a Prevention and Response Plan
    Creating the Violence Prevention and Response Plan
    Forming the Prevention and Response Team
6.  Responding to Crisis
    Principles Underlying Crisis Response
    Intervening During a Crisis To Ensure Safety
    Responding in the Aftermath of Crisis
7.  Conclusion
8.  Methodology, Contributors, and Research Support

Organizations Supporting This Guide

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American School Counselors Association
  • Council of Administrators of Special Education
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
  • National Education Association
  • National Mental Health Association
  • National Middle School Association
  • National PTA
  • National School Boards Association
  • National School Public Relations Association
  • Police Executive Research Forum

The full text of this public domain publication is available at the Department's home page at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/earlywrn.html and in alternate formats upon request. For more information, please contact us at:

U.S. Department of Education
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Room 3131 Mary E. Switzer Building
Washington, D.C. 20202-2524

For printed copies of the guide, please contact ED PUBS toll-free at 1-877-4ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827), or by e-mail at edpuborders@aspensys.com.

For copies of the guide in alternative formats, please contact:

P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794 - 1398
Phone: 1-877-4-ED-PUBS; 1-877-433-7827
TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734
Fax: 1-301-470-1244
Order online at: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html

This guide was produced by the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice of the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with the National Association of School Psychologists, under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs (grant # H237T60005).

The development of this guide was supported by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Office of Special Education Programs, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Dissemination of the guide was supported by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program.

Dwyer, K., Osher, D., and Warger, C. (1998). Early warning, timely response: A guide to safe schools. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.

August 1998

Next Section Next Section

Main Page Main Page