Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) implementation within Pennsylvania’s overarching system of care partnership is creating numerous new opportunities for schools at the center of their communities. This strategy is generating great benefits for comprehensive approaches to address the consequential role of trauma in the lives of local students and their families in several school districts throughout Crawford and Lehigh counties.
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5. Creating Safe and Violence-Free Schools
It is critical to identify and address issues, conditions, behaviors, and structures that contribute to unsafe environments and violence in schools. Specifically, how schools respond to disruptive and aggressive behavior among students impacts the potential for and level of violence to which students are exposed at school.
An important goal of SS/HS is to reduce student exposure to aggressive behavior and violence in schools, and to improve the safety for all students. To meet these goals, SS/HS works to increase the services available in the school that provide prevention, early intervention, and classroom-wide and school-wide curricula that target reducing aggressive and disruptive behavior as well as violence at school. SS/HS also seeks to develop collaborations with community and public mental health organizations to bolster violence reduction services provided to students in schools.
Discusses a study on how children react to aggressive behavior based on assumed intent. The study found children who assumed a hostile intent were more likely to react aggressively than those who assumed the offender meant no harm.
Shares information about SAMHSA's "KnowBullying" free app that can help parents talk their children about bullying. This app features strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3-6, 7-13, and teens; lists of warning signs to recognize if children are engaged in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying; reminders to talk; and strategies for using social media to share success stories and offer advice.
Describes the results of a nationally representative survey of students ages 12-18 on prevalence of school bullying. A lower percentage of students reported being bullied in 2013 compared to previous years according to this Department of Education blog.
Provides an overview of the risk and impact of bullying and suicide in school-aged children, highlight the connection between these public health issues and the “whole child” concept, and discuss how SAMHSA’s mobile apps and other key resources can help school staff promote bullying prevention and suicide prevention in schools.
Covers topics such as victimization, teacher injury, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, and drug and alcohol use, among others. The Department of Education and Department of Justice released the 17th annual report on school crime and student safety.
Monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including: behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; alcohol and other drug use; tobacco use; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and inadequate physical activity.
Hampden-Wilbraham Safe and Violence Free Schools – Wilbraham, MA
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative allowed Hampden-Wilbraham to work toward safer schools "from the inside out." The key to systemic and sustainable change was commitment at the highest levels of school and school-district administration, and collaboration with law-enforcement partners.
Pueblo City Schools Develops Data Systems to Improve School Climate – Pueblo, CO
A new online tool allows Pueblo City Schools to better assess trends in problem behavior and proactively respond to challenges, improving the school environment for more than 18,000 students in the district.
Santa Fe School District Works with Community for Positive School Discipline – Santa Fe, NM
The nearly 14,000 students in the Santa Fe School District now have better access to organizations and resources that help reduce problem behavior and promote violence-free schools.
Safe Schools / Healthy Students
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