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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 communities.

To view more, click any link below.

  1. Arizona Safe and Supportive Schools
  2. School Safety Program
  3. HIV & Sexuality Education Program
  4. Driver's Education
  5. Latest Trends







Safe Drug Free School Graphic 1. Arizona Safe and Supportive Schools
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 students’ families or guardians to assess school engagement.
A. Resources
i. United States Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools Program Http Icon
ii. United States Department of Education Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Http Icon
iii. Effective Programs and Strategies Http Icon
iv. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention Http Icon
v. Web LinksPDF Icon
vi. Risky Youth Behavior – Youth screening GuidePDF Icon
B. 2007 School Safety Study PDF Icon
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School Safety Program Large 2. School Safety Program

 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:

2012 School Safety Program Competitive Application Pre-Application PowerPoint Presentation

All documents relevant to the 2012 application process are available on the Grants Management Enterprise under the application downloads section.

A. 2009-2011 School Safety Program Resources
Below is a list of forms for you to download. Click document type that best fits your needs.
i. School Safety Program Guidance Manual Adobe Icon
ii. Weekly Activity Log and Instructions Word Icon
iii. Officer Performance Assessment Tool for Administrators Word Icon
iv. LRE Checklist and Observation Form Word Icon
v. School Safety Program Operational Plan Excel Icon
B. Related Arizona Laws
Reference: ARS 15-153 Http Icon, ARS 15-154 Http Icon, ARS 15-155 Http Icon
C. Web Links
i. Register here for Leadership and New Officer Trainings Http Icon
ii. Register here for Advanced LRE Academies Http Icon
iii. United States Department of Education (USEd)
iv. Law For Kids Http Icon
v. Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education Http Icon
vi. Multi-hazard Safety Program for Schools Http Icon
vii. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities Http Icon
viii. American Bar Association - Division for Public Education Http Icon
ix. Center for Problem Oriented Policing Http Icon
x. Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use Http Icon
xi. Center for the Prevention of School Violence Http Icon
xii. Crimes Against Children Research Center Http Icon
xiii. Drug Story Http Icon
xiv. International Association of Chiefs of Police Http Icon
xv. National Institute on Drug Abuse Http Icon
xvi. National School Safety Center Http Icon
xvii. Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention Http Icon
xviii. Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice Http Icon
xix. Youth Crime Watch Http Icon
xx. Bully Police Http Icon

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Hiv STD Graphic 3. HIV & Sexuality Education Program
A. HIV Content Notice Http Icon
B. Program Description
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:
i. Implement continuous improvement through strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation 
ii. Sustain an informative messaging campaign that focuses on HIV/STD prevention and sexual health education and promotes coordinated school health in Arizona
iii. Provide medically accurate, evidence-based and developmentally appropriate HIV/STD prevention and sexual health education
iv. Assess and report Arizona trends in school health education and adolescents’ self-reported risk taking behaviors
v. 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.
i. For more information about the curricula, access the "Research-Based HIV Prevention Curricula Chart" click here PDF Adobe Icon.
ii. To schedule an on-site curriculum training, access the Sex Education/ HIV Prevention Curriculum Training Form click here Sex Education/HIV Prevention Curriculum Training Request Form Adobe Icon.
D. Training - Essential Skills and Practice: Developmentally Appropriate Sexual Health/HIV Prevention Education
Contact Information:
Davidson Riggs-(602) 542-8730
Program Specialist
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Drivers Education Graphic 5. Driver's Education

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. Memorandum dated April 18, 2011 from ADE
B. High School Driver Education Program Updates (from ADOT dated June 16, 2008)
C. Program Description
D. Application Information
The application to participate in the ADE Driver Education Program can be downloaded by clicking here Adobe Icon
E. Arizona Department of Transportation Http Icon
F. Law for Kids Http Icon
G. 2010-2011 Participating Schools Adobe Icon

If you have any questions regarding the Driver's Education Program or the application, please contact:

Tori Havins
Phone: (602) 542-8720
Fax: (602) 364-1938
Davidson Riggs
Phone: (602) 542-8730
Fax: (602) 364-1938

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5(B). Program Description
A public or private high school may participate in the Arizona Department of Education’s Driver Education Program provided the following requirements are met:
  1. Students receive 30 hours of classroom instruction;
  2. Students receive 6 hours (or the equivalent) of behind-the-wheel instruction (BTW);
  3. The class and BTW is taught by a certified teacher with a driver education endorsement;
  4. 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 driver’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.

i. Information concerning a driver education endorsement may be found at:
ii. Driver License Manuals may be requested through the ADOT MVD or viewed/printed online at (available in English and Spanish):

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Meth Crystal Darkness Graphic 6. Latest Trends
"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."
A. Resources
i. Partnership for a Drug-Free America Meth Guide Http Icon
To view more, click any link below.
ii. Methamphetamine Prevention Resources
Crystal Darkness Web Resources Word Icon
Crystal Darkness Talking Points Adobe Icon
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.
B. Best Practices
i. Don’t Do It! Ineffective Prevention Strategies Adobe Icon
ii. Best Practices in Methamphetamine Prevention: Repacking what we Already Know Adobe Icon
C. Sample Curriculum
i. Montana State University: Tools for SchoolsHttp Icon
D. Comprehensive Websites
i. The Partnership for a Drug Free America Http Icon
ii. National Institute on Drug Abuse Http Icon
iii. Drug Free Arizona Http Icon
E. Treatment
i. Arizona Treatment Centers Http Icon

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