The mission of the Arizona Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, is to provide support to schools and LEAs so that every student can experience a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment, including focusing on students physical and mental health, and safety.
A safe, healthy, and supportive school environment is the product of a school’s attention to fostering safety; promoting a supportive academic, disciplinary, and physical environment; and encouraging and maintaining respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community, focusing on the fostering of positive conditions, climate, and culture, including family and community engagement.
Safe & Healthy Students Resources
- Social Emotional Learning
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions”.
- From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope
Recommendations from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development- The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development was created to engage and energize communities in re-envisioning learning to encompass its social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions so that all children can succeed in school, careers, and life. The Commission’s work has drawn on research and promising practices to recommend how to make all these dimensions of learning part of the fabric of every school and community.
- Federal Commission on School Safety, Comprehensive Resource Guide for Keeping Students, Teachers Safe at School
A report created by the Federal Commission on School Safety (Commission) detailing 93 best practices and policy recommendations for improving safety at schools across the country.
- U.S. Department of Education- School Climate and Discipline
Teachers and students deserve school environments that are safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning. Creating a supportive school climate—and decreasing suspensions and expulsions—requires close attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.
- Stop Bullying.gov
Teach kids how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely.
- The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Framework Tool
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Framework tool helps you and your partners understand and plan a comprehensive approach to mental health promotion and youth violence prevention.
- A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors
This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent youth violence and its consequences.
Physical Education and Health Resources
- Physical Education is a school-based instructional opportunity for students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for lifelong participation in physical activity. Physical education is characterized by a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum (course of study) that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas. Quality physical education programs assist students in achieving the national standards for K-12 physical education. The outcome of an effective physical education program is a physically literate individual who has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Effective Physical Education Teachers base their teaching on the Arizona standards for K-12 Physical Education in order to provide students with a foundation of skills and knowledge that can apply to many activities so that students are willing, able, and interested in seeking lifetime enjoyment of physical activity.
- Health Education provides students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for making health-promoting decisions, achieving health literacy, adopting health-enhancing behaviors, and promoting the health of others. Comprehensive school health education includes courses of study (curricula) for students in Pre-K through grade 12 that address a variety of topics such as alcohol and other drug use and abuse, healthy eating/nutrition, mental and emotional health, personal health and wellness, physical activity, safety and injury prevention, sexual health, tobacco use, and violence prevention.
- Physical Activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions. Schools are in a unique position to help children and adolescents get the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
- Recess is “a regularly scheduled period in the school day for physical activity and play that is monitored by trained staff or volunteers”. During recess, students are encouraged to be physically active and engaged with their peers in activities of their choice, at all grade levels, kindergarten through 12th grade.
Supporting National Organizations
- Federal Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS)
OSHS is committed to serving States and school communities by providing resources, direct support, and technical assistance on topics that affect the well-being, health and safety of our nation’s young people.
- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
CASEL collaborates with leading experts and support districts, schools, and states nationwide to drive research, guide practice, and inform policy.
- National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments offers information and technical assistance to States, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment.
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
ASCD empowers educators to achieve excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Schools (CDC)
CDC Healthy Schools works with states, school systems, communities, and national partners to prevent chronic disease and promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents in schools.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
- Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America)
is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals that provides programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.
Supporting ADE Programs
- School Health and Safety- Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention– PROJECT AWARE
Project AWARE supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan of activities, services, and strategies to decrease youth violence and support the healthy development of school-aged youth.
- School Health and Safety Programs– a quick search of ADE’s School Health and Safety Programs.