Federal Commission on School Safety

Federal Commission on School Safety

"Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope."

President Donald J. Trump

In March 2018, President Donald J. Trump appointed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to lead the Federal Commission on School Safety. The Commission was charged with providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school. On December 18, 2018, the Commissioners presented their final report to the President. The report offers a holistic approach to improving school safety, ranging from supporting the social and emotional well-being of students to enhancing physical building security.

Acknowledging there can be no one-size-fits-all solution to this complex problem, the final report serves as a resource guide for families, educators, law enforcement officers, health professionals, and elected leaders to use as they consider the best ways to prevent, mitigate, and recover from acts of violence.

To view the Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety, click here.

The Commission

In the months following the President's establishment of the Federal Commission on School Safety, the Commission hosted formal commission meetings, field visits, and listening sessions. The formal meetings included Commission members Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, as well as subject matter experts. During field visits, members of the Commission travelled to schools throughout the country to observe and learn about best practices in school safety; and listening sessions provided an opportunity for the public to give input on ways to make schools safer.

Chair, Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos serves as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2017 after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump.

Secretary DeVos has been involved in education policy for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a safe, quality education.

Matthew George Whitaker
Acting Attorney General of the United States

Matthew Whitaker is the Acting Attorney General of the United States. Before his current appointment, he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and as a managing partner at Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP in Des Moines, Iowa. He has also served as a Law and Politics Contributor on CNN and as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT) in Washington, D.C. a non-profit, non-partisan ethics organization dedicated to maintaining government trust and transparency. From 2004 to 2009, Acting Attorney General Whitaker served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

Alex Azar
Secretary of Health and Human Services

Alex M. Azar II was sworn in as the Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 29, 2018. Azar has spent his career working in both the public and private sectors, as an attorney and in senior leadership roles focused on advancing healthcare reform, research and innovation.

From 2001 to 2007, Azar served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – first as its General Counsel (2001–2005) and then as Deputy Secretary. During his time as Deputy Secretary, Azar was involved in improving the department’s operations; advancing its emergency preparedness and response capabilities as well as its global health affairs activities; and helping oversee the rollout of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

Kirstjen M. Nielsen
Secretary of Homeland Security

Kirstjen Michele Nielsen was sworn in on December 6, 2017 as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security. She previously served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Secretary Nielsen joined the Trump administration in January 2017 as Chief of Staff to then-Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly. In that position, she was responsible for advising the Secretary on all operational, policy, and legal matters, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and border security.


Schedule/Timeline

March 28, 2018
Organizational Meeting
Readout of Meeting
Photos

May 17, 2018
Meeting with Experts and Survivors of Mass Shootings
Recorded Meeting
Readout of Meeting

May 31, 2018
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports – Field Visit
Media Advisory
Readout
Livestream

June 6, 2018
Public Listening Session
Media Advisory
Readout
Transcript
Livestream: YouTube; EDstream
Photos

June 21, 2018
The Ecology of Schools: Fostering a Culture of Human Flourishing and Developing Character – Commission Meeting
Press Release
Readout
Transcript
Livestream
Photos

June 26, 2018
Public Listening Session
Media Advisory
Transcript—Listening Session
Transcript—Roundtable 1
Transcript—Roundtable 2
Readout
Livestream
Photos

July 11, 2018
Curating a Healthier & Safer Approach: Issues of Mental Health and Counseling for our Young – Commission Meeting
Media Advisory
Readout
Transcript
Livestream
Photos

July 24, 2018
Transforming School Climate and Culture to Meet the Behavioral Needs of Students – Field Visit
Media Advisory
Readout
Livestream

July 26, 2018
Proactively Protecting Our Schools – Commission Meeting
Livestream
Media Advisory
Readout
Transcript

August 1, 2018
Proactively Protecting Our Schools—Field Visit
Livestream
Media Advisory
Readout

August 7, 2018
Public Listening Session
Media Advisory
Readout
Transcript
Livestream
Photos

August 16, 2018
Creating a Citadel of Learning: New Tools to Secure our Schools, Inside and Out – Commission Meeting
Media Advisory
Readout
Transcript
Livestream

August 23, 2018
Best Practices for School Building Safety – Field Visit
Media Advisory
Readout
Livestream

August 28, 2018
Public Listening Session
Media Advisory
Readout
Transcript
Livestream
Photos


Reports

Resources

Links to Information on Other Federal Sites

State Contacts

Other Resources


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