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About the SSBT Initiative

Safe School sfor All Youth

The Safer Schools for a Better Tomorrow Initiative was announced on April 20, 2012.

The SSBT Initiative combines elements, resources, and guidance from the newly released Local Education Agencies Minimum Requirements for School Safety and Security Plans (N.J.A.C.6A: 16-5.1). Specifically, the initiative consists of direct technical assistance to schools, county-specific coordination with law enforcement, as well as increased communication among and between chief school administrators and local emergency responders. Working with local law enforcement and emergency responders and understanding the same language is of utmost importance in creating a safe community and school environment.

A webinar to introduce participating districts to the M.O.S.S. project was conducted at the beginning of the tier.

Increase district-level preparedness to improve continuity of learning for K-12 schools and minimize impact of school-related disruptions and emergencies.


A Joint Initiative: School Security Task Force

Core Elements



Statewide School Security Drill Audit

The Governor’s Office is interested in determining how policies affect schools. The state is tasked with observing 20-30% of school security drills in each county’s school districts.

Making Our Schools Safe (MOSS) Districts

The SSTF will provide direct technical assistance (TA) to over 25% of NJ’s school districts and help to identify needs and areas of improvement as well as what works to build best practices in NJ.

Securing Our Schools
(Law Enforcement Officers’ Training)

Working with local law enforcement and understanding the same language is of utmost importance.  The Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning (OSPEP) will deliver a “State of the State” to local law enforcement by county.   This update will include current statutes, school security drill update, LEA min requirements and next steps.

School Security Mini-Conference

To enhance state-wide communication and coordination between local law enforcement and educational officials, the Governor’s School Security Task Force in conjunction with each county prosecutor’s office and county office of education will host a half-day school security mini-conference.  Each mini- conference will feature a department update, SSTF update, new school security drill statute guidance, an overview of the Critical Incident Response CD-Rom and local level information about the coordination and communication of how to enhance school safety and security.

Surf’s Up (Internet Safety)

Each OSPEP Regional Planner will work with local county offices of education to offer training and TA to districts, key stakeholders, and communities on the use, dangers, and impact of the internet as well as offer tips on successfully navigating through the World Wide Web.  Topics include:  cyber-security, cyber-crimes, internet safety, online predators, sexting, cyber-bullying and social networking websites.

Nonpublic Safe Schools Symposiums

NJ school communities represent a seamless interaction between K-12 students.  The state will create and deliver two state-wide Nonpublic School Security “State of the State”.  The State of the State will include topics such as NJ Statutes, school security drill law, LEA Min Requirements and next steps. It is important all NJ kids and communities receive the same information to best prepare for our communities’ safety.

New Jersey’s Safety Cloud (i.e. iCloud)

In an effort to improve communication and surveillance, the state seeks to enhance the systems infrastructure to better deliver time-sensitive information, increase two-way communication capacity, and track trends to develop programs and policies consistent with what’s happening.

Model School Safety and Security Plan/ Template

The state will create and disseminate a model template for a school district’s safety and security plan as required by NJAC 6A: 16-5.


SSBT Logic Model

SSBT Partners

SSBT Partners New Jersey State Police NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Office of Emergency Management