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


Chief Aaron Vanatta

Quaker Valley School District Police

Sewickley, Pennsylvania


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Hamlet: Task force will examine disparities, biases in safety at Pittsburgh's public schools

January 5, 2021


The Pittsburgh Public Schools on Tuesday announced the formation of a task force that will support efforts to eliminate systemic race- and ability-based inequities across the district.

The “Re-Imagine School Safety Task Force” will examine school safety policies and develop measures that seek to reduce the harm of punitive measures on students — particularly students of color — in the new year.

School resource officer commended

December 22, 2020


Two special events happened at Saxton Borough Council’s Dec. 14 meeting.

First, council presented borough police officer and Tussey Mountain student resource officer (SRO) Dave Buseck with a commendation for saving a student’s life on Oct. 8 while on duty at the Tussey Mountain High School cafeteria. 

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