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*Iowa Safe Schools Certification for High Schools

This program helps Iowa Schools implement the Safe Schools Law with fidelity


The time it takes for your school to become certified will depend on the extent to which your school has been going beyond basic law requirements by utilizing best practices and implementing them with fidelity. The program is on a first come, first serve basis.  Once admitted into the program, the certification process will generally take about a year.  Here’s a breakdown of the process:

You First Have to Apply:

  1. In early spring, your school will review certification materials and decide whether or not you want to apply.  Your school will review whether or not it has the Legal Requirements fulfilled in order to apply.  If the Legal Requirements are met, your school will contact certification staff to let them know that your school wants to become certified.
  2. Upon clear evidence of meeting basic legal requirements, certification staff will send the administrator a short and simple Staff Survey to see if there is buy-in that meets or exceeds 80%. 

Once your school meets the above requirements, you will be admitted into the program in the order that your request was received!

Once Accepted into the Certification Program, Your School Must:

  1. Work with Safe School Certification staff to help your school fulfill certification requirements.  In April or May, the certification staff will have an on-site visit with your High School Principal, students and other team members that will be assisting in the certification process.  During the visit, the School team members will take an entrance assessment to identify the current reality of your school and steps your school will need to take to become certified. 
  2. Over the course of the year, Certification staff will provide assistance to your school and conduct two on-site visits.  The last meeting in June will help determine if your school has met all the goals to become certified or needs additional time.  The Certification Coalition will then review a school’s certification portfolio and make a decision.  If your school does not become certified after the first year, certification staff will help your school plan for the future to fulfill the requirements.

Get Recognized for Your Work & Continue to set the Example

  1. All schools that have been accepted into the program are invited to attend the Safe School Certification Awards Ceremony honoring your school.  At the event, your school will be certified or will be recognized for being a part of the program with the knowledge that your school is well on its way to becoming certified!
  2. Schools that become or are working to become Safe School Certified set the example for schools in Iowa and the nation. Schools that have gone through the program are encouraged to help it grow by sharing best practices and serving on the Certification Coalition.