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School Safety

Safety is our Top Priority

We want to assure you that school safety is always our top priority in Chesterfield County Public Schools, and schools remain on alert year-round. We are all partners in safety.

Each Chesterfield County school has a threat assessment team trained through evidence-based practices to evaluate potential disturbances and respond appropriately. Each school also has a team trained to respond to issues affecting students and staff members in connection with the critical incident and emergency response management plan. 

Here are additional ways Chesterfield County Public Schools maintains a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment:

  • Collaborating with local law enforcement officials, the county’s mental health team and other community partners to support students and families in need.

  • Electronic locking systems are installed at all schools. 

  • Camera surveillance continues to be upgraded across the division.

  • Exceeding state mandates for emergency preparation and safety response drills.

  • Addressing student behavior and mental health needs proactively with the implementation of anti-bullying initiatives and positive behavioral interventions and supports.

  • Supporting students through school counseling and other easy-to-access school services such as conflict resolution and team building.

  • Working with the police department to assign school resource officers to each secondary school and child safety officers to each elementary school, while also assigning school security officers to each high school and career and technical center.

  • Employing caring teachers and staff members who develop meaningful relationships with every student. 

We understand parents entrust their most precious gifts — their children — to our school division daily. We are committed to work and learning environments that support our diverse community and promote academic and social growth. Our students and staff members cannot achieve their best unless they feel secure, comfortable and supported. Please know that school counselors and support services are available for anyone who needs them during this time.

Everyone has a role to play in school safety. We ask that everyone be involved, aware, speak up and join efforts to sustain safe learning environments. If you see something, say something. If you know something, make sure someone at a school knows it too. We are all partners in efforts to protect our children.

Safety Resources

If you see something, say something

In Chesterfield County Public Schools, we routinely tell students, “if you see something say something.” Our school community plays an important role in school safety. If at any time students, parents or community members see or hear something concerning, they are asked to share that information.


Problems may arise during the course of a student’s school experience. Teachers, school counselors, assistant principals and principals are the adults most directly involved in a student’s school life. The majority of problems can be solved by meeting with one or more of these professionals who work daily with students in academic as well as social settings. Parents and students are encouraged to seek resolutions to problems or answers to questions from these people whenever there is a need.

Getting help for students

While youth may show spontaneous aggressive behavior or signs of difficulty fitting in, parents should become concerned when alienation or antisocial behavior is shown over a period of time. Parents can seek help from their child’s school by contacting a school counselor, school social worker or school psychologist. Additional help is available from Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services at 804-748-1227. To anonymously report suspicious behavior or other concerns, parents and students may call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

Secure firearm storage

Secure firearm storage is an essential part of home safety. It is vital for parents and caregivers to know how secure storage protects children. Over the past few years in the United States, there has been a rise in unintentional shootings by children and gunfire on school grounds. And in 2020, gun suicide among children ages 17 and under reached the highest rate in more than 20 years and firearms became the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Storing firearms securely can help prevent these tragedies and keep kids safe. The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries:

  • Secure all guns in your home and vehicles.

  • Model responsible behavior around guns.

  • Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes.

  • Recognize the role of guns in suicide.

  • Tell your peers to be SMART.