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The purpose of prevention programs is to create a safe school environment that supports
academic achievement. These programs address a variety of issues including violence
prevention, substance abuse prevention, and risk behavior prevention. Our primary
goal is to support schools in implementing programs that promote healthy behaviors
of students. Prevention programs provide support for school-based programs that
actively promote learning and the development of healthy behaviors in schools and
The Arizona Department of Education will use a systematic approach to improving conditions for learning in eligible schools through improved measurement systems that assess safety and other conditions for learning, and the implementation of programmatic interventions that address problems identified by data. The measurement systems will use valid and reliable instruments to gather comprehensive data related to school engagement and school environment from students to assess conditions for learning and from school staff and studentsâ€™ families or guardians to assess school engagement.
The School Safety Program is a state-funded grant that places 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. The 2012 School Safety Program application is now available. To view the pre-training application PowerPoint, click here:
Arizona receives funding from CDC's Division of Adolescent
and School Health (DASH) to provide HIV prevention education and conduct the Youth Risk
Behavior Survey (YRBS). The HIV/STD Prevention & Sexuality Education program is committed
to providing the resources and best practices that promote positive youth development
in preparing youth to make responsible and informed decisions about their health.
CDC/DASH-funded education agencies are helping schools prevent sexual risk behaviors
that result in HIV infection, especially among youth who are at highest risk.
The goals of this program are as follows:
Implement continuous improvement through strategic planning,
monitoring, and evaluation
Sustain an informative messaging campaign that focuses
on HIV/STD prevention and sexual health education and promotes coordinated school
Provide medically accurate, evidence-based and developmentally appropriate
HIV/STD prevention and sexual health education
Assess and report
trends in school health education
and adolescentsâ€™ self-reported risk taking behaviors
Provide family and community members with the training
needed to communicate effectively
with youth about HIV/STD, teen pregnancy prevention and other sensitive issues.
C. On-site Curriculum Trainings
The Arizona Department of Education has assembled a cadre
of trainers to provide a one-day, on-site curriculum training for school personnel.
Schools can arrange for educators to be trained in either Making A Difference!
(grades 6-9) or Reducing the Risk (grades 9-12). Both
curricula are research-based and emphasize abstinence, personal-limit setting, and
refusal skills. Curricula can be tailored to focus on sex education or HIV prevention.
These trainings are designed for educators who have a basic understanding of HIV
and other sexually transmitted diseases. There is no cost to the district for the
curriculum materials and training, but trainings require a minimum of 10 participants
who will implement the curriculum within a year.
For more information about the curricula, access the
"Research-Based HIV Prevention Curricula Chart" click here PDF
Under Arizona's driver license law, minors are eligible to receive a class G license if they successfully complete an approved driver education program or have a parent or guardian certify that they received 30 hours of supervised driving practice, 10 of those at night, and have had a learner's permit for five months. Completing an ADE-approved program satisfies th driver's license law.
A public or private high school may participate in the
Arizona Department of Educationâ€™s Driver Education Program provided the following
requirements are met:
Students receive 30 hours of classroom instruction;
Students receive 6 hours (or the equivalent) of behind-the-wheel
The class and BTW is taught by a certified teacher with
a driver education endorsement;
The principal or superintendent verifies the school information.
Under Arizona's driver license law, minors are eligible to receive a class G license
if they successfully complete an approved driver education program or have a parent
or guardian certify that they received 25 hours of supervised driving practice,
5 of those at night, and have had a learner's permit for five months. Completing
an ADE-approved program satisfies the driver education requirement of the graduated
driver's license law.
The Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), allows driver
education teachers in participating schools to issue Certificates of Completion
to their students who successfully complete the course. MVD waives the behind-the-wheel
portion of the driverâ€™s license test for students with Certificates of Completion,
although they reserve the right to administer tests to any applicant if the field
station representatives believe doing so would be in the interest of public safety.
Contact Third Party Driver Services at (602) 712-7173 for more information concerning
MVD Certificates of Completion.
Methamphetamine "Meth is a crystal-like powdered substance that sometimes comes in
large rock-like chunks. When the powder flakes off the rock, the shards look like
glass, which is another nickname for meth. Meth is usually white or slightly yellow,
depending on the purity."
While media campaigns can contribute to the awareness of an issue, they must be
followed up with effective prevention education in order to provide correct knowledge
to youth and to develop skills that aid in the rejection of drug use.