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Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide


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On April 28, 2000, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice released a new jointly developed Action Guide to help schools and communities prevent school violence. The guide, Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide, follows up on the 1998 Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide To Safe Schools, which offered guidelines for school safety and was also co-authored by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. Within ED, the Office of Special Education Programs and the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program once again teamed to produce the Action Guide, which emphasizes early intervention and prevention, and the importance of teamwork among educators, mental health professionals, parents, and students.

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To Download:

To download the Action Guide, please select one of the following file formats:

[downloadable files] Adobe Acrobat (534K)

[downloadable files] MS Word (236K)

[downloadable files] Text (158K)

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Additional Copies:

To order copies of this report, contact ED Pubs:

  • Mail:
    ED Pubs, Editorial Publications Center
    U.S. Department of Education
    P.O. Box 1398
    Jessup, MD 20794-1398

  • Fax:

  • E-mail:

  • ED Pubs Website:

  • Call toll-free:
    877-433-7827 (877-4-ED-PUBS).
    If 877 service is not yet available in your area, call 800-872-5327 (800-USA-LEARN).

You also may obtain additional contacts and related information from agency Web sites:

Those who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a teletypewriter (TTY) should call 800-437-0833. On request, this publication is available in alternative formats, such as Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette. For more information, please contact the Department's Alternate Format Center at 202-260-9895 or 202-205-8113.

Notice: This document contains contact addresses and Web sites for information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. This information is provided for the reader's convenience. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of information or addresses or Web sites for particular items does not reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.

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Additional Information and Contacts:

U.S. Department of Education SealAdditional information and contacts with the Office of Special Education Programs, the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, and other programs within the Department of Education can also be obtained at
the web site:

U.S. Department of Justice sealInformation and contacts with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and other programs within the Justice Department can be obtained through their general web site,

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Last Modified: 06/09/2004