Health & Safety

Wyoming Department of Education > For District Leadership > Health & Safety

Contact Information

Accreditation and Support Consultant
Trenton Vonburg
(307) 777-8505
trenton.vonburg@wyo.gov
State School Nurse
Robin Cole
(307) 777-3572
robin.cole@wyo.gov
Court Ordered or Medical Necessary Placement of Students Program Consultant
Jo Ann Numoto
(307) 777-7222
jo-ann.numoto@wyo.gov

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.


Prevent

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).

Approved Suicide Prevention Training Programs

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 swickham@boces5.org
  • 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.

School Climate:

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)
(307) 214-9365
kenneth.longfritz@dhs.gov

“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

Emergency Planning:


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.”