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Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013

Requires the California Department of Education to post information including a list of statewide resources for youth who have been affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence at home, at school, and in the community.

The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013 was authorized by Assembly Bill 514 External link opens in new window or tab., chaptered in October 2013.

Gangs

The California Cities Gang Prevention Network External link opens in new window or tab.
Focuses on successful policies and practices that balance prevention, intervention, and enforcement efforts, and seeks community input to provide an alternative to prison as a solution to gang involvement.

Homeboy Industries External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives. Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates several social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.

California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program: (CALGRIP) Gang Prevention Funding External link opens in new window or tab.
This annual grant program is designed to reduce gang and youth violence. Applications must be made by cities, which administer the grants, but funding then may be allocated to community-based organizations and public agencies that target youth, law enforcement agencies, and probation departments that engage in suppression strategies.

Gun Violence

Safe Storage of Firearms (English) (DOC)
Safe Storage of Firearms (Spanish) (DOC)
Available Translations of Safe Storage of Firearms
Sample memorandum to parents and guardians on the importance of the safe storage of firearms.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence External link opens in new window or tab.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence are affiliated American nonprofit organizations that advocate for gun control.

Prediction, Prevention, and Policy External link opens in new window or tab.
The American Psychological Association provides research-based conclusions and recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of gun violence, whether by homicide, suicide, or mass shootings.

National Institute of Justice External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Institute of Justice is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Their mission is to advance scientific research and develop resources to address crime and gun violence.

Psychological Trauma

Recovering Emotionally from Trauma and Disaster External link opens in new window or tab.
The American Psychological Association provides resources to help cope effectively with the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors after traumatic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, accidents or wildfires. For many people, there are no outwardly visible signs of physical injury, but there can be an emotional toll. These resources assist with recovery.

Talking to Your Children About the Recent Spate of School Shootings External link opens in new window or tab.
Every child will respond to trauma differently. Some will have no ill effects; others may suffer an immediate and acute effect. Still others may not show signs of stress until sometime after the event.

Recovering Emotionally from Disaster External link opens in new window or tab.
Understanding the emotions and normal responses that follow a disaster or other traumatic event can help you cope with your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors—and can help you on the path to recovery.

Open Up! Writing About Trauma Reduces Stress, Aids Immunity External link opens in new window or tab.
Writing about difficult, even traumatic experiences appears to be good for health on several levels—raising immunity and other health measures and improving life functioning.

Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting External link opens in new window or tab.
As a parent, you may be struggling with how to talk with your children about a shooting.

Questions:   Coordinated School Health and Safety Office | 916-319-0914
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 21, 2017