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2017-18 Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program
Application deadline: March 17, 2017
The Highmark Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program. The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies. The program is open to schools (public, private, parochial, charter and vocational), grades K-12, in central, northeast and western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Apply Now
Information and Resources to Guard Against Viruses Spread by Mosquitoes Such As the Zika Virus Disease
The U.S. Department of Education would like to refer you to information and resources for state and local leaders, schools, school-based health staff and educators on steps that can be taken to guard against viruses spread by mosquitoes such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus disease.
Free Resources Available from the Pennsylvania State Police
The Domestic Security Division of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) provides free services to assist schools. For technical assistance, other requests or to sign up for active shooter training contact PSP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Bus Audio Taping Approval
On February 4, 2014, Act 9 of 2014 was signed into law, approving the use of audio taping on school buses in Pennsylvania. In order for schools to comply with this law and use audio taping, schools and/or school boards must:
- Adopt a school board policy that authorizes audio interception on school buses or vehicles for disciplinary or security purposes
- Provide annual notification from the school board to parents and students via a mailed letter to the student's home
- Post a notice on each bus furnished with audio-recording equipment that students may be audio taped
President Signs Bill Encouraging Schools to Stockpile Epinepherine
President Barack Obama signed a bill on November 13, 2013 to increase awareness of allergic reactions to students in schools. The bill offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine, considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies. Read More
U.S. Department of Education Released Additional Information On Schools’ Responsibilities To Address Bullying
The U.S. Ed. advances nine evidence-based practices. These are consistent with many practices recommended by OBPP and supported by research.
The Center for Safe Schools recommends that you use these recommendations to guide your work with any school that is not engaged in OBPP. For schools engaged in OBPP, we recommend that you encourage fidelity to the OBPP model and adhere to U.S. Ed’.s recommendations regarding parent notification.
Pedestrian Safety Videos
PennDOT has developed four videos to provide a visual and entertaining way to educate parents, students and young motorists about pedestrian safety.
One Parent to Another
Targets parents on how to teach their children the basics of safe walking.
Walk This Way
Teaches elementary school children safety tips when walking to and from school.
Why Walking Rules
Teaches middle school children safety tips when walking to and from school.
Teaches young motorists how and why to safely operate a motor vehicle in relationship to pedestrians.
School Responsibilities to Pre-Plan and Prepare with Emergency Responders
Pennsylvania schools have a requirement under chapter 10 of 22 PA Code to plan and prepare for emergencies. Pre-incident collaboration between emergency responders and schools is essential. More Information
Free Information from U.S. ED Publications
The U.S. Department of Education produces a variety of free information on the topics of safety, crime and violence in the Nation’s schools. The intended audience for this information is educators, administrators, safety officials and parents. All of the information is available at no cost from the ED Pubs website.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training Documents Released
The Department of Health in consultation with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the Department of Education and other key stakeholders has provided the documents as the training course for athletic coaches to read and sign in compliance with Act 59. The Department of Health does not, at this time, have a training course or presentation ready for the date of enactment, therefore the documents will serve as both the training guide and coach acknowledgement. Pennsylvania Department of Education will publish full information on their web site when the material becomes available.
Toolkit Helps to Prevent Suicide Among High School Students
SAMHSA has released Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools. This toolkit represents the best available evidence and expert opinion on preventing suicide among high school students. It provides schools with recommended steps and accompanying tools to guide them in creating and implementing strategies and programs that prevent teen suicide and promote behavioral health among their students. Click here to download the toolkit.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law for Youth Athletes
The "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act," which goes into effect before the start of the 2012-13 school year, requires schools to issue an information sheet to parents of student-athletes about warning signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. Parents must sign and return the form to the school before their children can participate in athletics. Click here to read the full statute.
NIHCM Foundation Webinar Creating Safer Schools & Healthier Children: A Model Bullying Prevention Program
Center for Safe Schools Director Lynn Cromley joined the Highmark Foundation and partners as presenters in this national webinar about the groundbreaking, large-scale bullying prevention initiative throughout Pennsylvania schools.
The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center Online Sessions
The Center for Safe Schools is pleased to announce its collaboration with The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc., which will serve as The Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center for 2011-2014 under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center is one of ten regional equity assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It provides technical assistance and training services in the areas of race, gender and national origin (English Language Learners/ESL) free of charge to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies in federally-designated Region III, which includes: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The goal of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center is to ensure that all children have access to equitable education opportunities in order to complete college and succeed in their careers.
Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center services for Pennsylvania educators will be coordinated by Senior Educational Equity Specialist, Pamela Higgins Harris and State Equity Field Coordinator, Michelle Nutter, Project Manager for the Center for Safe Schools. Pam can be reached at 301-657-7741 x113, or email@example.com. Michelle can be reached at 717-763-1661 x212, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact them to discuss how MAC may assist your district.
Free School Bus Driver In-service Programs
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has available a free school bus driver in-service training series. This series of refresher trainings comprises nine programs on driving a school bus. The nine programs are; Adverse Weather, Driver Attitude, Emergency Evacuation, Highway Rail Grade Crossings, Know Your Route, Loading and Unloading, Student Management, Students with Special Needs, and Vehicle Training. Click here to access the training series.
- School Bus Driver Training on Bullying Prevention
- Asst. U.S. Attorney General Robinson and OJJDP Acting Administrator Slowikowski Discourage the Use of “Scared Straight” Programs
- Assigning Police Officers to Schools
- Responding to a Suicide Cluster: Palo Alto School District
- FBI Video on Best Practices for CCTV Systems: Caught on Camera
- The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Risk Vulnerability Assessment Team Security Assessment
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