Thursday, April 25, 2013

Framework for Safe and Successful Schools




If you have not seen the Framework for Safe and Successful Schools then here is your chance to take a look at it. The following organizations came together to create a document for improving school safety and increasing access to mental health supports for children and youth:

American School Counselor Association (ASCA): www.schoolcounselor.org National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP): www.naesp.org
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): www.nasponline.org
National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO): www.nasro.org
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): www.nassp.org School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA): www.sswaa.org

Specifically, effective school safety efforts, such as:
  • Begin with proactive principal leadership.
  • Allow school leaders to deploy human and financial resources in a manner that best meets the needs of their school and community. 
  •  Provide a team-based framework to facilitate effective coordination of services and interventions.
  • Balance the needs for physical and psychological safety.
  • Employ the necessary and appropriately trained school-employed mental health and safety personnel.
  • Provide relevant and ongoing professional development for all staff.
  • Integrate a continuum of mental health supports within a multitiered system of supports.
  • Engage families and community providers as meaningful partners.
  • Remain grounded in the mission and purpose of schools: teaching and learning.

Enjoy for this is a great collaborative effort!

Framework Document

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