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School Safety Elements and Resources

Information intended to help schools identify elements and resources important in improving school climate and safety.
__Assessments of School Safety

Appropriate sources of data have been reviewed to identify school safety issues (e.g., Youth Risk Behavior Survey data and the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System data, crime data from local law enforcement, suspension/expulsion data from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), behavior referrals, counseling referrals, etc.). Information about training in school safety and violence prevention is available at the School Community Violence Prevention Training Schedule.

__Discipline Policies and Practices

Existing school site discipline rules and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are being appropriately enforced and address student behavior problems and school safety issues. Student handbooks are given to all students and parents that explain codes of conduct, unacceptable behavior, and disciplinary consequences. An excellent resource for approaches to behavioral intervention strategies and support is available at Behavioral Intervention Strategies and Supports.

__Funding

Available sources are being targeted to address school safety issues. Investigate  additional state or federal funding to improve school climate, respond to crisis, improve classroom management, and provide comprehensive student mental health services.

__Professional Development Activities

All school personnel receive appropriate professional development that includes training on the implementation of a school safety plan, safe school strategies, crisis response training, consistent enforcement of school discipline policies, child abuse reporting, and identification and recognition of student mental health issues designed to determine an appropriate first response.

__Counseling and Wellness Services

Effective counseling and wellness services are available to all students (e.g., psychological and social services, attendance improvement, dropout prevention and recovery, and appropriate referral systems for different types of student support).

Designate a trained person at each site to handle referrals (related to student physical and mental health) to collaborative district and community partners. Ask the district to designate a point person who is charged with activating and coordinating a crisis response team, overseeing the district suicide prevention policy, coordinating a timely crisis debriefing for first responders, and reviewing feedback after a school mental health crisis occurs.

__Collaborative Relationships

Students, parents, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies are actively involved in activities that contribute to preventing violence and improving school safety:

__Safe Schools Programs and Strategies

Effective prevention/intervention programs and strategies are being used consistently to create a safe and drug-free learning environment and to address school safety and violence prevention issues that frequently impact campuses such as:

__Campus Security

Access to the school campus has been appropriately restricted; procedures are in place to address visitors to campus. The use of campus supervisors, security personnel, security equipment (e.g., communication systems, surveillance cameras and other detection devices, etc.) are appropriately utilized. Mental health professionals as well as law enforcement professionals have been consulted in the review and update of campus security. 

Questions: Stephanie Papas | spapas@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8441 
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