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 About MCSS


The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) serves as an independent unit of the State government that provides grants, training, and support to public, non-public special education, and private schools throughout Maryland. MCSS was established in 2013 in an effort to provide a coordinated and comprehensive approach to school safety in Maryland. In 2018, the Governor and General Assembly worked together to enact comprehensive school safety legislation (Safe to Learn Act 2018) in order to ensure Maryland continues to be a leader in school safety initiatives.

MCSS promotes collaboration among students, parents, educators, mental health practitioners, law enforcement, and crime prevention practitioners, with a particular focus on the physical and emotional well-being of Maryland students. In concert with MCSS, Maryland public, non-public special education, and private schools are committed to fostering collaboration and effective communication among school staff, students, and law enforcement. Our shared efforts serve as a foundation for Maryland’s diverse schools to better identify and address the needs and concerns of our students. In the process, we are creating inclusive educational environments free from fear, harm, trauma, and unnecessary hardship.


To promote and enhance safer school communities.


Safe Schools

Our Vision Explained: What are safe schools?
Inclusive educational environments free from fear, harm, trauma, and unnecessary hardship.


  • Integrity
  • Kindness
  • Service
  • Respect
  • Professionalism

The Subcabinet, Advisory Board, and Center affirm that they shall not discriminate in any manner against any employee, applicant for employment, or client of services because of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or limited English proficiency, so as reasonably to preclude the performance of such employment and/ or services provided. The Subcabinet, Advisory Board, and Center further affirm that it shall take into consideration diversity, equity, and inclusion in its policies and procedures, as well as in setting and refining the research agenda.​


MCSS Virtual Open House : Nov 17, 2021​​​

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