The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of more than $70 million
in grants this week to help schools in 38 states keep students safe. Congratulations to the school districts and state departments who have received these funds to transform their school climates!
The awards are intended to promote school safety through transformation of school climate, mostly through the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) related programs. CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®
program is often used in schools within a PBIS format to help staff respond more appropriately as they address student behaviors.
Project Prevent grants were included in the announcement as well. The Project Prevent program is intended to provide additional resources and training for schools with pervasive violence problems. When staff are given the training and resources to minimize distractions and disruptions, students are better able to focus on learning.
The grants also include funding for schools to develop Emergency Management protocol and training, to help keep students safe when a catastrophe strikes.
“If we can’t help protect kids and staff, and make them feel safe at school, then everything else that we do is secondary,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the announcement. “If kids don’t feel safe, they can’t learn. It’s that simple.”
In tandem with “Now Is the Time
,” [PDF], proposals outlined by President Obama and Vice President Biden, the new grant programs include increasing services for mental health and reducing gun violence. The proposal calls for training “crisis intervention teams” to work within the school community to respond to students in crisis.
We applaud the Department of Education’s efforts to make schools a safe place where students can thrive. Many of the school districts mentioned in the press release have already sought assistance from CPI, and we can’t wait to hear more from these schools as they implement efforts that can help change the lives of their students.
These resources can help: