Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety

Created in 2000, the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), located within the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Service, focuses on improving and enhancing safety by addressing topics which affect Virginia law enforcement, schools, and institutions of higher education. The VCSCS is a resource and training center for information and research about national and statewide safety efforts and initiatives in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. Through Virginia Code § 9.1-184, the VCSCS is mandated to:

The VCSCS strives to achieve all of these mandates and to be a one-stop service center to K-12 schools, institutions of higher learning, and law enforcement agencies. On the VCSCS’ webpages, constituents will find trending topics, resources, trainings, and legislation updates for the fields of:

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. You care about the children and teens in your family, neighborhood, and community. You want to help prevent bullying, but might not know where to start. There are many things you can do to prevent or address bullying. You can have an impact, whether through seemingly small, in-the-moment actions, to longer-term commitments. Here are some ideas on what you can do to make a difference during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and all year long.  Read more on StopBullying.gov.

October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCAM). This nationwide, month-long campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and secure online. NCAM 2019 emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. –focuses on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and ecommerce security. Fact sheets and webinars are available for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education:

Cybersecurity Considerations for K-12 Schools and School Districts

Cyber Safety Considerations for K-12 Schools and School Districts Fact Sheet

Integrating Cybersecurity with Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for K-12 Schools (webinar)

Cybersecurity Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education

Integrating Cybersecurity with Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) (webinar)

Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety Staff

Donna Michaelis, Division Director
804.371.6506
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Betsy Bell, Threat Assessment Program Coordinator
804.418.4629
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James Christian, K-12 School Safety and Threat Assessment Supervisor
804.357.0967
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Marc Dawkins, Campus Safety and Technical Assistance Supervisor
804.380.9709
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Shellie Evers, School Safety Audit Coordinator and Conference Planner
804.629.7042
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Kristina Fawcett, Public Safety Training Coordinator
804.225.3948
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Tracy Matthews, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator
804.371.0635
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Carol Miller, Administrative Training Specialist
804.225.4111
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Kim Simon, SRO/SSO Training and Program Coordinator
804.205.3803
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Brad Stang, Threat Assessment Program Coordinator
804.786.3973
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Karen D. Thomas, Threat Assessment Grant Coordinator
804.586.1743
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Lori Walters, Administrative Training Specialist
804.225.2091
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Nicole Wilcox, Ed.D., Climate Survey Specialist
804.786.3923
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Gillian Wilson, Resource Development and Online Training Coordinator
804.482.8922
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