Welcome to the Office of School Safety!

The Office of School Safety is committed to fostering safe, secure and supportive learning environments for Philadelphia public schools. We use research and data to make informed decisions that are centered on impartiality, restorative practices and student equity. Our Safety Officers participate in comprehensive training programs that include diversity and inclusion, trauma-sensitive care, adolescent development and restorative strategies.

We believe students can reach their full potential in a positive and nurturing atmosphere. Our commitment to safety supports the School District and Board of Education’s mission to deliver an excellent public school education for all students.

Department Highlight

Police Athletic League

In partnership with the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Philadelphia, the Office of School Safety runs three PAL centers. PAL centers at Tilden and Clemente Middle Schools opened during the 2021-22 school year, and a third PAL center opened during the 2022-23 school year at Harding Middle School.  A School Safety Officer leads each PAL center.  Through its partnership with PAL, the Office of School Safety builds on PAL’s legacy and work, providing enrichment to students. Each program provides students a positive outlet for exercise and socialization, and an opportunity to build community and positive relationships, including with safety and law enforcement professionals.