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SchoolSafety.gov - Upcoming Events and Opportunities

  • 1.  SchoolSafety.gov - Upcoming Events and Opportunities

    Posted 11-22-2021 08:40:00 AM

    Upcoming Events and Opportunities

    Grants and Funding Opportunities

    American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (Application Deadline: Ongoing)

    Project to Support America's Families and Educators (Project SAFE) (Application Deadline: Ongoing)

    Events, Webinars, and Conferences

    Preventing Youth Hate Crimes in Schools and Communities (Dec. 16, 2021) – Hosted by the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's National Training and Technical Assistance Center, this webinar will cover creating an equitable, supportive, safe and inclusive climate in schools and community programs for all youth; what safe and affirming behaviors look like versus rejecting behaviors; and instilling in children an appreciation and respect for one another's differences and helping them to develop empathy, conflict resolution, and critical thinking skills. Learn more and register.

    What is School Safety? (On-Demand) – In this podcast series from the National Center for School Safety, guest speakers describe the importance of having a comprehensive school safety plan, explain different perspectives on school safety, and highlight the connections between school safety strategies. Listen to the podcast and access all episodes in the series.

    Visit the SchoolSafety.gov Opportunities Page for additional school safety-related grants, webinars, conferences, and more.

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    New School Safety Resources

    SchoolSafety.gov Highlight: Topic Pages
    In addition to its existing suite of tools, the updated SchoolSafety.gov features eight core school safety topic pages that allow members of the K-12 community to navigate the site by specific areas of interest and more easily locate and access the resources and information they need. Learn more about the eight new topic pages below:

    • Bullying and Cyberbullying – Bullying and cyberbullying threaten students' physical and emotional safety and can impact their social and academic success at school. Everyone at school can work together to create an environment where bullying is not acceptable.
    • Cybersecurity – Our growing dependence on technology systems – coupled with emerging, evolving, and increasingly deceptive cyber threats – demands enhanced awareness and vigilance when it comes to our online world.
    • Emergency Planning – Lessons learned from school emergencies highlight the importance of preparing school officials and first responders to implement emergency operations plans and other measures to prevent and mitigate incidents and hazardous events.
    • Infectious Diseases and Public Health – Sustaining safe in-person learning, ensuring proper hygiene, and managing daily operations are all important for keeping a safe and secure school environment amid a health crisis.
    • Mental Health – Access to mental health services helps to create a positive school climate, prevents worsening of mental health conditions, and leads to better outcomes for students.
    • School Climate – Developing students with strong character who are connected to their peers, educators, and communities in meaningful ways can improve school climate and prevent violence from occurring.
    • Targeted Violence – Schools can work to prepare for potential acts of targeted violence by improving their campuses' physical security and involving school personnel who are trained to prevent, recognize, and respond to threats of violence, as well as implementing other violence prevention strategies.
    • Threat Assessment and Reporting – Establishing a reporting system that is continually monitored and allows for anonymous reporting, as well as having a threat assessment program, or a multidisciplinary group process, to evaluate these reports and respond to threats can significantly reduce acts of violence on school campuses.

    Adam Lustig
    Director, Center for Safe Schools
    National School Boards Association
    Alexandria, VA