To our School Safety Program Resource Administrators and Staff:
Thank you all for your continued planning, work, and compassion as strive to meet the needs of your staff, fellow colleagues, students, and families. We know these are uncertain times.
We also want you to know that we’re still here to provide support and technical assistance. Please find updated guidance and resources below to help your schools support your school communities and minimize the impact of COVID-19-related school closures. You can contact us at anytime at [email protected].
The situation around COVID-19 is rapidly changing, so please continue to check this page for updates and guidance.This page was last updated on [April 13, 2020].
School Safety Program Expansion: Continuation Grand Deadline:
Original Date: April 15, 2020
Amended Date: No Change. Please complete as much of the application as you are able, including the budget pages, and submit the application by the April 15 deadline. You will have an opportunity to revise the application and provide additional information when the new school year begins.
Hiring Date for New Hires:
Original Date: August 1, 2020
Amended Date: No change
If either of the above deadline is amended, we will update you immediately.
We recommend that you work with your administrators to create appropriate policies and procedures as you deliver virtual social work and counseling services to students through school closures. This includes, but is not limited to, method of communication, signed consent forms, procedures to support students in crisis, activities that are appropriate for virtual platforms, and ethical considerations for this method of service delivery.
Below you will find guidance from professional organizations to help you and your administration make the decisions that are best for your students. Phoenix Union has also generously shared sample documentation.
If you have questions regarding appropriate activities under the SSP in addition to the guidance that went out via email on March 17, or if you have create examples to share about how you’ve been supporting students through this time, please email us at [email protected].
Creative Examples of Student Engagement from School Counselors & Social Workers:
The School Safety Program is a state-funded grant that places school counselors, school social workers, and School Resource Officers (SROs) and/or Juvenile Probation Officers (JPOs) in selected schools to contribute to safe school environments that are conducive to teaching and learning.
School Safety Program officers maintain a visible presence on campus; deter delinquent and violent behaviors; serve as an available resource to the school community; and provide students and staff with Law-Related Education (LRE) instruction and training. The goal of LRE is to prepare students for responsible citizenship by promoting the development of those characteristics that lead to healthy behavior. LRE is the instruction about rules, laws and the legal system which actively involves the students towards its goal.
Please view this presentation for additional information about federal grants and ADE programs that can support your school safety needs, as well as guidance documents and other school safety resources.