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Prevention resources can be used to create or strengthen programs to support protective
factors, as well as reduce the impact of drugs and violence within your school and
community. This includes knowledge and skills shared with students, teachers, administrators,
parents, and the surrounding community.
Search Institute's 40 Developmental AssetsÂ® are concrete, common sense, positive
experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets
have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people
make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
Everyday interactions and activities at school can make
a tremendous difference in students' academic and social success. A school can be
a powerful protective influence in the lives of its students, providing a positive
environment that supports student academic and social growth. The Protective Schools
Model identifies ten characteristics of schools shown to link prevention and resiliency
factors with academic success.
C. PBISAZ - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Arizona
The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports of
Arizona group (formerly the Arizona Behavioral Initiative) was developed to address
the issue of safe schools, and is a collaborative effort between the Arizona Department
of Education, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona
University, and is supported by the Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions
and Supports at the University of Oregon, The primary purpose of PBISAz is to establish
a comprehensive and focused statewide effort to improve the capacity of educators,
administrators and education professionals to address their specific school discipline
needs and enable the development of positive teaching and learning environments.
"A student is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over
time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other students" (Olweus,
Bullying behavior is meant to hurt another person and is carried out by someone
who is seeking power or control over another person. There are three forms
of bullying - physical, emotional, and social.
Various resources are available for students, parents, school staff, administrators,
and community members to assist in bullying prevention.
The Internet can be a place where your children can spend hours learning about our
Solar System, or about what Elephants eat in the wild. The Internet can also be
a place of predators and other unfriendly characters.
It is important that you inform your children about the dangers of the internet
and a number of other important factors that your children should observe when using
ChildhelpÂ® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims
of child abuse and neglect. Programs and services include a National Child Abuse
Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week; residential
treatment services; childrenâ€™s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group
homes; and child abuse prevention, education, and training.
To learn more about child abuse, training opportunities and resources that are available through ChildhelpÂ®, please click link belowâ€¦
8. Clearinghouses and Resources for Drug and Violence Prevention
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (AZFLSE)
maintains a free lending library of over 2,500 law-related education materials,
including videos, software, books, curricula, and lesson plans. The collection also
includes new and updated books and curricula on substance abuse and bullying prevention.
All school sites are required to have emergency response plans developed in conjunction
with local law enforcement and hospitals. School district plans should be made in
concert with all other local emergency preparedness plans. The plans must be designed
with the help of school security staff members, as well as local law enforcement,
emergency management, and public health officials. Plans shall be reviewed at least
annually and updated. These plans shall meet the Arizona School Emergency Response Plan, Minimum Requirements. (ARS
15-341 (A) 34)
The actions taken during any type of emergency situation
depend a great deal on the specifics of the incident. For example, one School administrator
has a variety of "tools" to use and requires training on how to work with each of
these. The ability to remain flexible is a key component of each school's plan and
of statewide preparations. Additionally, schools would follow direction from public
safety officials. If you have questions about your school's emergency response plan,
contact your principal.
Contact Information Jean Ajamie
School Safety and Prevention
A. The Planning Process
It is important to recognize that the planning process
takes time and is ongoing. There are many things to consider when developing a school
emergency response plan. Ask for assistance from local public safety and emergency
management agencies as well as community groups and parents to help. The two-day
Multi Hazard Safety Program for Schools course will provide participants with the
basic information and tools to implement an emergency response plan. The six basic
steps of the planning process are:
Assemble a safety team The team should at least include administrators, parents,
teachers, maintenance, transportation, food service, and nursing personnel from
within the district. Outside agencies that should be involved include law
enforcement, fire, hospital, and emergency management personnel.
Conduct hazard analysis of site and surrounding area Identify what hazards are likely to affect the area in
and around your school. Determine the severity of impact of each identified
hazard. Local emergency management personnel can assist with this assessment.
Eliminate or mitigate hazards Determine if you can eliminate or mitigate any of the
hazards you identify in step 2.
Develop procedures to respond to hazards Develop written procedures on how to respond to the hazards
identified in step 2 that cannot be eliminated.
Train students and staff Students and staff must be trained how to use the plan
and what their responsibilities will be in a given response.
Conduct drills and exercises Drills and exercises are conducted to test the plan.
All participants should be debriefed at the conclusion of each drill. The
feedback provided by participants is used to identify strengths and weaknesses in
the plan. The plan is then modified to strengthen any weaknesses.
The documents below provide tools and resources to assist
safety teams develop and implement or strengthen the emergency response plan. The
sample plan includes procedures to respond to a terrorist or radiological event
as well as a variety of emergencies that are common to Arizona schools. The Arizona
School Emergency Response Plan Minimum and Recommended Requirements will help you
insure that your plan meets state standards. The Guidelines, Checklists and Sample
Forms sections will help you refine your plan. The Classroom Emergency Procedures
Guide is a quick reference flip chart of the emergency procedures to be placed in
each classroom. The Other Agencies section provides contact information for local
resources to assist in plan development. You may edit the forms in Microsoft Word
format to meet the needs of your school.
In addition to the funding provided through several of
the previously listed programs, schools have the opportunity to supplement their
Comprehensive School Health Program funding by submitting applications to a variety
of agencies and organizations.
This informational video is designed for schools and communities interested in implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) as an effective violence prevention strategy. The DVD highlights successes of several Tucson Unified School District schools using PBIS. Running time: 12 minutes.