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Kansas Safe and Secure Schools / School Climate

Building Community and Parent Relationships



Building a safe school means involving the whole community in a collaborative effort to create a nurturing environment, prepare for emergencies, provide activities before and after school, and increase community involvement in the school. So ask the students, staff, parents, and community what can be done to make your school a safer place.

  • Contact parents when students do something well.
  • Enlist involved parents in getting other parents to participate in the school’s culture.
  • Examine how parents and community members are involved in your school and if there are ways to increase that involvement.

Get creative and have fun! 

See our training page for learning community building activities.


Safe and Secure Schools 2023-2024 Grant Application

Click here to start the Qualtrics grant application.

Submit by:
Friday, June 9, 2023

All parts of the application will need to be completed in order to be considered.

2023 House Sub for Senate Bill 113 was signed by Governor Laura Kelly to provide $5 million to USDs to provide grant funds for school safety.


The law is extremely specific in that the grant funds can only be used to meet the following Kansas Safe and Secure Schools Standards:

  • Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Communication
  • NEW School Resource Officer positions.
  • Narcan Kits. 

Please make sure you consult your Finance Person prior to starting this application!
Grant funds have a required $1 for $1 local match.

For more information, contact:

Jim Green 
(785) 296-4946

For more information, contact:

John Calvert
Head School Safety Specialist
Safe and Secure Schools Unit
(785) 296-7056

Jim Green
School Safety Specialist
Safe and Secure Schools Unit
(785) 296-4946

John Calvert and Jim Green

The Kansas State Department of Education's Safe and Secure Schools Unit, John Calvert (left) and Jim Green (right).

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