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Foster School Safety

The Office of Community Engagement focuses on the collaborative Safe Communities-Safe Schools model by providing information and resources on creating safe schools and communities, effective prevention programs, and partnerships with collaborating agencies and organizations.

Foster School SafetyIn 1999, following the Columbine shooting, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) began partnering with the Office of the Attorney General to develop the Safe Communities-Safe Schools (SCSS) Model.  The SCSS Model was informed by the expertise of nationally renowned experts, including the founding director of the CSPV, Dr. Delbert Elliott, the director of the National School Safety Center, Ron Stephens, and James Comer, M.D., who developed the Comer School Development Program. 

Prevention science research consistently indicates that the risk and protective factors that predict youth violence are multi-contextual, occurring within the individual, family, peer group, school, and community contexts. The SCSS Model offers schools a strategic process to improve school safety and school climate, integrating key recommendations from the 2001 Columbine Review Commission’s Report with evidence-based violence prevention programs and strategies, including Safe2Tell Colorado, the model prevention initiative of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.


Safe2Tell Colorado
Interagency Cooperation
Information Sharing & Common Consent Form
Colorado School Violence Prevention: A Legal Manual
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA)
Colorado School Safety Guide

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Safe2Tell Colorado
Attorney General’s Office
Colorado Department of Law
1300 Broadway, 6th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80203
720.508.6800 Office
877.543.7233 Tip Line

Essi Ellis | Program Director
720.508.6810 (Direct)

Stacey Dodge | Program Manager
720.508.6812 (Direct)

Laura Howsden | Marketing & Communications Specialist
720.508.6811 (Direct)

Marc Morelli | Operations & Communications Administrator
720-508-6813 (Direct)

Mark Lanning | Training & Outreach Specialist
720-508-6809 (Direct)

Gina Circo | Data Analyst
720-508-6815 (Direct)