Jo Ann Numoto
Under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the U.S. Department of Education distributes federal funds to all school districts based on student enrollment. The purpose of the program is to support local prevention activities in the areas of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs (commonly abbreviated TAOD), and violence. Please Contact Mark Bowers, Wyoming Department of Education’s Title IV-A Program Manager, for more information on Title IV-A funds. There are additional resource opportunities for Wyoming school security needs from the State Construction Department and Wyoming Office of Homeland Security.
Safe2Tell: Confidentially report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community.
Take steps to prevent unsafe incidents from occurring. See School Safety.
Bullying and Cyberbullying: Each school district must have a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying at school ( § 21-4-314). Policies should be continuously reviewed and revised as necessary. Local school districts can reference the Anti Bullying Model Policy I and Anti Bullying Model Policy II to assist in developing district policy.
Social Emotional Learning: The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning CASEL.org
Suicide Prevention Programs: In 2014, the Wyoming legislature passed the Jason Flatt Act (W.S. 21-3-110 (a)(xxxiii)) and requires that at a minimum, staff members participate in eight hours of training every four years with two hours provided during a staff member’s initial year (if prior training is absent).
Threat Assessment and Reporting: Confidentially report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community. Safe2TellWY.org
- Statewide Threat Assessment Training Available – School-level teams are trained on the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) Model. This project is supported by Grant No. 2020-YS-BX-0088 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. To register for training or for more information, contact Sierra Wickham at email@example.com
- Center for Personal Protection and Safety
Confidentially report or disclose any type of concerning student behaviors or other suspicious activity. This information provides an opportunity for the appropriate personnel to act and prevent any violence before it occurs.
Mental Health & Social Emotional Learning: “Social and emotional learning (SEL) has often been used as an umbrella term to represent a wide array of non-academic skills that individuals need in order to set goals, manage behavior, build relationships, and process and remember information. These skills and competencies develop across our lives and are essential to success in school, work, home, and community. Generally speaking, this set of skills can be organized into three interrelated areas: cognitive, social, and emotional. Importantly, these skills and competencies develop and are in dynamic interaction with attitudes, beliefs, and mindsets as well as character and values, all of which are fundamentally tied to characteristics of settings.” This link is provided to assist readers with the frameworks and domains researched by Harvard University’s Taxonomy Project in making school and community decisions.
When all students have access to improved health services, healthy educational practices and environments, students can be ready for learning. See the State School Nurse website for more information.
Protect and Mitigate
Take action to lessen the impact of incidents at school. See School Safety.
Wyoming Protective Security Advisor (PSA): Kenny Longfritz
Protective Security Advisor – Wyoming
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
“Active Shooter Preparedness”: The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) aims to enhance preparedness through a “whole community” approach by providing training, products, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters. www.cisa.gov/active-shooter-preparedness
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS GUIDELINES
- All schools must use multiple strategies, which should be defined in a crisis management plan, to ensure the safety of students. (Chapter 6, Section 5. (n)(ii) )
- Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
- Emergency Operations Plan Development Training – Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
- Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit
- Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
- Guide The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
Respond and Recover
Know how to respond to unsafe incidents and recover effectively. See Respond and Recover.
Training, exercises, and drills for school staff and students should include components of a Crisis Management Plan/Emergency Operations Plan (CMP/EOP)
Included in the CMP/EOP is WS 35-9-505(b), ” Fire drills should be conducted at least once every month or safety drills may be conducted, which include fire drills. Safety drills must be conducted at least four (4) times a year if they are coordinated with the local fire department.”