The Friends of Safe Schools United States of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to improving safety in and around schools. Our approach to improving safety is rooted in improving communication, awareness and participating in programs that inspire positive behavior, cooperative relationships and a safer school environment.

​Pennsylvania Chapter Directors

Dr. Johannah Vanatta, Superintendent

Chartiers Valley School District

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Nicole Bezila, Director of Pupil Services

North Hills School District

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Officer Aaron Vanatta, Police Officer

Quaker Valley School District

Sewickley, Pennsylvania


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New Pa. law restores school police arrest power

December 4,2019


School police officers in Pennsylvania have had their powers to make arrests restored after being inadvertently taken away earlier this year.

$7.2 million in school safety grants awarded to Pennsylvania schools 

October 18, 2019


More than $7 million in grants to improve safety were awarded to schools in Pennsylvania, including several in the Pittsburgh area.

Pa. school safety tip system fielded 23K reports this year

August 5, 2019

HARRISBURG, PA- Bullying, self-harm and suicide were the most common concerns fielded during the first half-year of operation for a new threat reporting system that covers Pennsylvania schools. 

State officials talk about school safety with Upper Dublin students

September  26, 2019

UPPER DUBLIN, PA-State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Senator Vincent Hughes, and Safe2Say Something Director Brittney Kline met with Upper Dublin High School students to discuss school safety issues. 

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