School Safety Resources and Training

The Arizona Department of Education is committed to working in partnership with districts and schools across the state to develop and maintain emergency response plans that can keep our children safe.

Contact Information
Jean Ajamie
Director
School Safety and Prevention
602-542-8734
Jean.Ajamie@azed.gov
 

NEW WORKSHOP
CURRENT ISSUES IN SCHOOL PREPAREDNESS: Let’s Continue the Momentum
Last year, hundreds of Arizona school personnel joined with community support agencies in working together to improve school emergency response. In an effort to help continue this momentum the ADE/Office of School Safety and Prevention, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, and Arizona schools are again offering regional workshops. This opportunity allows you to bring your school emergency response plan and improve it during the day.

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:
• Provide a forum throughout the workshop to discuss a variety of current issues facing schools.
• Facilitate discussions on the process of responding to an Active Shooter scenario utilizing a discussion-based tabletop exercise (TTX)
• Afford the workshop participants the opportunity to focus on their own policies and response procedures relating to their emergency response plan.

OVERVIEW OF AGENDA:
1. Arizona school responses and lessons learned for: infectious disease, death in school community, firearm incident near school mass gathering, and wildland fire.
2. Active Shooter Tabletop Exercise – ‘Just doing the drill is success; not doing it is failure.’

WORKSHOP DATES, LOCATIONS, and TIMES:
May 8, 2014 – Yuma
June 5, 2014 – Winslow
June 10, 2014 – Tucson
June 12, 2014 – Phoenix
June 16, 2014 – Kingman

Sign-in: 9:00 – 9:30 (coffee/tea service)
Event: 9:30 – 3:00 (a working lunch will be provided)

Registration: Standards & Assessment: School Safety
Click on “Choose and continue” to select the date and location



School Security Hardware Grant - Closed 1/31/14
Grant Application Details and Instructions (PDF)

Congratulations to the grant recipients:
Chinle Unified District
Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary District
Fowler Elementary District
Friendly House, Inc.
Globe Unified District
Oracle Elementary District
Superior Unified School District
Tombstone Unified District
Washington Elementary School District
Yuma Elementary District

 

Safe and Supportive Schools Conference Resources

December 4, 2013

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction

8:45 – 10:30 General Session
One Year After Sandy Hook: What Have We Learned?
Kenneth S. Trump, National School Safety and Security Services

Putting It All Together: The Continuum of School Safety
Dr. Kris Bosworth, University of Arizona

10:45 – 12:15 Breakout Sessions

This presentation described how academics and behavior mutually influence each other and how a three-tiered model for Response to Intervention (RTI), including Universal Screening, Progress Monitoring and Intervention Planning, provides the best outcomes for students. It also looked at the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and how PBIS and RTI work together to contribute to prevention and early identification of academic or behavior difficulties. Interventions were also discussed.
John Balles, Ph.D., Clinical Services Coordinator, Scottsdale Unified School District
Resource: Two Sides of the Pyramid: Linking RTI and PBIS (PDF)
Participants in this workshop came away with:
• a brief overview of the rational of threat management as a major component of creating a safe, supportive school
• a reminder of transient versus substantive threats and the decision to move forward with a full threat assessment or not
• a review of what should be included in an effective threat management plan
Gina Durbin, Director, Education and Community Services, Cave Creek Unified School District
Debi Neat, Safe and Drug Free Schools Trainer, Phoenix Union High School District
Participants learned the most significant constitutional issues and statutes impacting school safety, including search and seizure, interviewing of students by law enforcement, sharing of protected student information, and mandatory reporting.
Andrew Swann, Special Policy Advisory for Law Enforcement, Arizona Attorney General’s Office
Resource: School Safety and the Law (PDF)
Participants learned how to manage incidents of all sizes using the Incident Command System (ICS) and how to increase and decrease the size of response by participating in tabletop exercises.
John Shikany, Director of Safety and Security, Washington Elementary School District
Resource: Incident Command System – Practical Application (PDF)
How to stay ahead in a world on digital steroids, tips for communicating proactively with parents on school safety, and “must have” aspects of your school crisis communications plans.
Kenneth Trump, MPA, President, National School Safety and Security Services

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch – Recognition of Arizona School Emergency Response Advisory Council

1:15 – 2:45 Breakout Sessions

Participants attending this session will understand what bullying and cyberbullying are and the potential emotional, psychological, and behavioral consequences; know the latest findings on prevalence rates; be informed about research-based best practices for prevention, intervention, and response strategies; have an overview of legal considerations and standards; and learn how to work with others to help create a safe school climate. Participants will be provided with a “Top 10” of helpful websites and resources on bullying, cyberbullying, and school climate.
Jenny Walker, Ph.D., President, Cyberbullying Consulting, Ltd.
Resource: Bullying, Cyberbullying, and School Climate 101 (PDF)
Student behavior and mental health are community-wide challenges. Several Arizona districts have developed working relationships with community behavioral health providers that result in improved communication and coordination. Participants in this workshop will learn about the successful strategies, referral protocols, and models for coordination of care that ultimately lead to improved outcomes for students.
John Balles, Ph.D., Clinical Services Coordinator, Scottsdale Unified School District
Debi Neat, Safe and Drug Free Schools Trainer, Phoenix Union High School District
Resource: Achieving Mental Health Outcomes for Students (PDF)
A growing body of evidence demonstrates an alarming relationship between widespread school suspensions and expulsions and involvement in the justice system. Today’s schools, courts, law enforcement and communities require new thinking about how to positively approach discipline when children violate boundaries and policies in school. This session will provide the knowledge schools, districts, and law enforcement need to better understand the issues surrounding traditional school discipline practices and what can realistically be done to change them.
Greta Colombi, Deputy Director, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
Resource: Keep Kids in School (PDF)
Arizona Revised Statutes 15-341 requires that district schools have emergency response plans that meet state minimum requirements. This session will review the minimum requirements, which were revised earlier this year, and present the plethora of free training and other tools available to assist educators on developing high-quality plans.
Jean Ajamie, Director, School Safety and Prevention, Arizona Department of Education
Linda Mason, Emergency Preparedness Advisor
Resource: Meeting the Minimum Requirements for School Emergency Response Plans (PDF)
This workshop reviewed how the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework impacts school campuses. This presentation reviewed the basics of PBIS and its connection to school climate. The high schools highlighted in this workshop are recipients of the Safe and Supportive Schools grant. Their stories will be shared as a means of providing examples of how PBIS sets the stage for a school climate that prioritizes learning by establishing positive learning environments. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the model’s real-world impact, along with best practices that have been utilized by school staff members.
Sara Agostinho, District Prevention Coordinator, Tolleson Union High School District
Resource: Connecting With Our Youth – Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PDF)
New drug use trends burst on the scene rapidly. The more informed we are, the more we can affect positive change in our youth. This workshop will provide an overview of the signs and symptoms displayed by students who may be abusing substances. Information on current trends, to include illegal substances, new designer drugs, synthetics, over the counter and prescription drugs will be presented. In addition, new methods of ingestion and concealment will be covered.
Debi LaVergne, Safe and Supportive Schools Coach, University of Arizona
Resource: Current Drug Trends and Identification (PDF)

3:00 – 4:15 Breakout Sessions

Participants attending this session will understand what bullying and cyberbullying are and the potential emotional, psychological, and behavioral consequences; know the latest findings on prevalence rates; be informed about research-based best practices for prevention, intervention, and response strategies; have an overview of legal considerations and standards; and learn how to work with others to help create a safe school climate. Participants will be provided with a “Top 10” of helpful websites and resources on bullying, cyberbullying, and school climate.
Jenny Walker, Ph.D., President, Cyberbullying Consulting, Ltd.
Resource: Bullying, Cyberbullying, and School Climate 101 (PDF)
A growing body of evidence demonstrates an alarming relationship between widespread school suspensions and expulsions and involvement in the justice system. Today’s schools, courts, law enforcement and communities require new thinking about how to positively approach discipline when children violate boundaries and policies in school. This session will provide the knowledge schools, districts, and law enforcement need to better understand the issues surrounding traditional school discipline practices and what can realistically be done to change them.
Greta Colombi, Deputy Director, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
Resource: Keep Kids in School (PDF)
Research suggests that approximately one in four children in the U.S. will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. A child’s reactions to trauma can impact behavior and learning. Participants attending this session will be able to:
• Define trauma
• Explain how trauma may impact child/teen behavior and learning
• Identify characteristics of trauma-informed practices in a school setting
Shannon Cronn, N.C.S.P., Safe Schools Specialist, Scottsdale Unified School District
Barb Iversen, M.C., Program Specialist, School Safety and Prevention, Arizona Department of Education
Resource: Essential Trauma Informed Practices in Schools (PDF)
This workshop introduced three types of technology that can be useful in enhancing school safety:
• Software to facilitate communication of critical infrastructure with law enforcement
• Systems for student, staff and visitor accountability, and behavior tracking for implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
• Emerging systems for contacting internal security and/or 911 emergency services
Paul Stebbins, Detective, Homeland Defense Bureau, Phoenix Police Department
Eric Toms, Senior K-12 Consultant, PlascoTrac
Russell Appleton, Supervisor Management and Program Analyst, Department of Homeland Security
New drug use trends burst on the scene rapidly. The more informed we are, the more we can affect positive change in our youth. This workshop will provide an overview of the signs and symptoms displayed by students who may be abusing substances. Information on current trends, to include illegal substances, new designer drugs, synthetics, over the counter and prescription drugs will be presented. In addition, new methods of ingestion and concealment will be covered.
Debi LaVergne, Safe and Supportive Schools Coach, University of Arizona
Resource: Current Drug Trends and Identification (PDF)

2013 Minimum Requirements for School Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
Slightly Revised

New 2013 Emergency Response Plan Template materials are now available!

  1. Memorandum (February 4, 2013)
  2. Minimum Requirements
  3. Emergency Response Plan Template
  4. 2013 Toolkit
  5. Local Agency Contacts
  6. Rollout Workshop Materials

Training Opportunities

Emergency Preparedness Training – Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
This workshop integrates all Department of Homeland Security guidance into an easy-to-follow planning process that is tailored to the unique needs of school. Training includes all key areas of that allow schools to produce and effective emergency operations plan and advance overall preparedness. Designed for district and school teams including local first responders.

This course can be scheduled locally on a request basis. For more information, contact your county emergency management office. Click here for a contact list.