School Climate and Related Areas

Contact Information

Education Consultant
Catherine Palmer
(307) 777-6198
catherine.palmer@wyo.gov

The WDE provides feedback and technical assistance on school climate matters that include, but are not limited to: anti-bullying grant information, suicide prevention information and resources, anti-bullying resources (both cyber and in-person), hazardous materials, school playground issues, statutory requirements for epinephrine auto-injectors, and common influencing agents on school climate.

If you need to anonymously report something that you feel is a threat or concern to you or your community, please use safe2tell Wyoming.

Safe & Drug-Free Schools

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.

Positive School Climate Grant

The WDE offers competitive grants that support anti-bullying and positive school climate efforts. Any school can apply for up to $9,000 to be used in the 2020-21 school year. Districts can apply for more than one school. No local funding is required. The grant application was due on May 29, 2020. Initial award announcements will be made in July.

Positive School Climate Program Intent

The WDE is helping districts and schools acquire and operate programmatically mature & evidence-based programs or innovative programs with the intent of making the largest possible impact for reducing school bullying and increasing positive school culture and climate.

Schools can request funding to specifically improve their positive school climate. This may take the form of continuing with prior anti-bullying work, starting new anti-bullying work, increasing levels of mentorship or character education that can translate into reduced bullying, or starting effective innovative programs that are aimed at lowering bullying levels.

Eligibility Requirements

Any Wyoming school or district may apply. It is necessary to have a grant administrator such as a teacher or staff member who is responsible for carrying out or overseeing the actual work of the grant.

Method of Submission

To be considered for funding, complete the online application by May 29, 2020.

Important Grant Expectations for Recipients

  1. The grant administrator will update the WDE in December about the work being completed with the grant funds and must detail the expenditure use as of December.
  2. Grant recipients are expected to spend the full amount of the grant.
  3. If actual grant expenditures are lower than the approved amount by the end of the school year, then the district is automatically authorized to extend expenditures up to the amount originally requested. The expenditures must be spent on activities or programming that align with what was originally approved in the grant application.

At the End of the Grant Period

Districts are reimbursed for the originally approved grant amount by submitting two items:

  • Single itemized district invoice.
  • Final grant summary report. Both are due together by May 10, 2021.

Each grant summary report shall include the following items:

  1. Program name, district, grant administrator, and contact information.
  2. At least one metric used in the grant and how the metric value(s) changed over the time the program was in effect (examples: discipline referrals, class disruptions, fights, etc.).
  3. An evaluation of the program. At a minimum, the evaluation should compare the actual outcomes to the intended outcomes and expected benefits from the grant application.

Email the reimbursement request, invoice, and grant summary report to Catherine Palmer at catherine.palmer@wyo.gov.

Timeline for 2019-2020 Grant Recipients

  • September 2019 to April 2020: Program operation window
  • December 2019: Recipients check-in with the WDE on grant progress and cost
  • March 2020 through May 29, 2020: District/School sends reimbursement request along with invoice and grant summary report. Grant is closed out.
  • Reimbursement will be made within forty-five days after the submission of the invoice.

Timeline for 2020-2021 Grant Application

  • February 17, 2020 to May 29, 2020: Grant application period
  • May 30, 2020 – July 5, 2020: Grants reviewed
  • July 8, 2020 – July 31, 2020: Award letters mailed
  • September 2020 to April 2021: Program operation window
  • December 2021: Recipients check-in with the WDE on grant progress and cost
  • March 2021 through May 10, 2021: District/School sends reimbursement request along with invoice and grant summary report. Grant is closed out.
  • Reimbursement will be made within forty-five days after the submission of the invoice.

Scoring Rubric

The rubric describes how the grant application will be scored. Higher scores are awarded first. Awards continue downward until the funding runs out. Adjustments can be made for extended efforts put into the grant application.

Each submitted application will be evaluated according to the target areas shown below.

1. How Funding Will be Utilized (Max. 45 points)
Target: Answer relates to the needs of students and addresses the particular climate problem that the district or school is experiencing. The long-term goals of the school or district should be addressed. Reasoning should be provided, relevant statistics used.

2. Itemized Expenditures (Max. 45 points)
Target: Answer relates to an explanation of how funding will effectively be used along with a basic line-by-line list of expected expenditures. This might include, but not limited to: books, materials, travel costs, training fees, speaker fees, reimbursed time for school staff, printing costs, etc. (Proposed expenses indirectly related to the mission of the program including food or T-shirts may or may not be approved depending on the grant request load for any given year.)

3. Expected Outcomes (Max. 10 points)
Target: Answer relates to a complete list of direct or indirect net results, positive consequences, or end products that are designed or expected.

The total possible points are 100. The scoring of applications is done using an independent group of evaluators. Since the purpose of the grant is to maximize school climate statewide, the evaluators reserve the right to take into account geographic dispersal in the case of close scores.

Suicide Prevention Resources

At a minimum, school staff members must participate in eight hours of suicide prevention training every four years. Schools may choose to supplement training with a variety of other activities that are not included in the approved programs list. Please note: Global Compliance Network continues to be an approved program and will be added to the list during the next update.

Bullying, Abuse, and Prevention Resources

Each school district must have a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying at school. 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.

  • CharacterVideo provides videos and follow up questions that address bullying, cyber bullying, suicide prevention, drama, drug and alcohol awareness, resilience, dropout prevention, mental illness education, dealing with learning disabilities, good decision making, peer pressure, and other character education issues.
  • Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is a curriculum that helps students identify, prevent, and interrupt all forms of child abuse.
  • International Institute of Restorative Practices – provides information and access to training on restorative practices in schools.
  • Paxunited provides training on peer-to-peer mentoring and peer mediation.
  • Safe School Ambassadors provides an Anti-bully training program for junior high and high school. It utilizes the power of the bystander.
  • The Mentor Consulting Group provides mentoring training and covers must-do items when building a mentor program.
  • Rachel’s Challenge can build connectivity and empathy in students.
  • Second Step includes social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and child protection training and tools.
  • Olweus is a commonly used anti-bully training program for Wyoming schools.
  • PromotePrevent has practical training for children and youth; is built on a Partner-Plan-Act process.
  • Character Counts contains a number of resources for teachers and coaches. It promotes Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, and Caring.
  • The Josephson Institute seeks to increase the ethical commitment and practices in society as a whole by changing both personal and organizational behavior.
  • What Will Matter provides thought provoking articles in character education. It is related to the Josephson Institute.
  • Characters of Character provides resource books and social stories to make it easy for kids to internalize values.
  • Wings for Kids is a free resource to promote positive character in schools via social emotional learning.
  • Character.org has a number of free lesson plans that can be used at the elementary, middle school, and high school level.
  • Character Ed has a number of usable free parenting resources as a subset of a larger Character Education Network /li>
  • Good Character has a number of resources by way of lesson plans, activities, and programs that stand to help the teacher.
  • Information on effective playground management, utilizing character education through play, can be found here.
  • Youth Frontiers conducts retreats that are designed to inspire character in youth.

School Safety and Crisis Management Plan

All schools must use multiple strategies, which should be defined in a crisis management plan, to ensure the safety of students. Districts are encouraged to work with local emergency responders and mental health providers to create crisis management plans.

School Facility Safety

Medical Guidelines

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Webinars

July 14, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00) – Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Considerations for Reopening of Schools
Safe and Sound Schools and special guest, Melissa Reeves, PhD, NCSP, LPC is hosting a webinar to examine SEL considerations for reopening schools. Participants will learn:
-The importance of SEL as part of planning to reopen schools
-Signs/symptoms of stress among staff and students
-Helping students and staff identify, understand, and manage their emotions
-Identifying resources to support mental health needs of students
Register here: https://www.safeandsoundschools.org/events/webinars-return-to-learn/

July 16, 2020 (5:00 – 6:00) – How Can We Safely Reopen Schools in the Fall?
The School-Based Health Alliance is joining school health and education partners to co-host a special virtual town hall event on Thursday, moderated by former U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr. Join physicians from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) as they discuss what is known about COVID-19 and its impact on children and youth, as well as how we can help mitigate risks for transmission in schools for students and staff.
Register here: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=%2FI%2FpI2GWRZ80RsSZt5J4g7XtimRh7MuS

July 16-17, 2020 – ASCD Virtual Conferences
ASCD is hosting a virtual conference with five session tracks, including operational and budget considerations, equitable decisions on instruction, safety concerns, and preparing educators to best support students and families. With over 40 sessions to choose from you are able to customize a schedule that benefits you.
Register here: http://www.ascd.org/virtual-conference-respond-reimagine-restart.aspx?utm_source=marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_content=events&utm_campaign=VCJuly20-SessionTracks-070820

July 21, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00) – Safety and Security Considerations for School Health Panel
Safe and Sound Schools Co-found/Executive Director, Michele Gay, is hosting a webinar to examine safety and security consideration for school health. Participants will learn:
-Safety and Security implications of public health and social crises
-Considerations for security and public health today and tomorrow
-Updating policy and practice for school health and safety
-Fostering community cooperation for a safe and healthy school year
Register here: https://www.safeandsoundschools.org/events/webinars-return-to-learn/

July 28, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00) – Plans A-Z: Operation Considerations for Schools Through Pandemic
Safe and Sound Schools and special guest John McDonald, executive director of security and emergency management for Jeffco Pulbic Schools, is hosting a webinar to examine operational considerations for schools through pandemic. Participants will learn:
-Developing policies and procedures for school health
-Strategies for reducing student density in the classroom and on campus
-Scheduling, mealtime and recess considerations
-Bussing, arrival and dismissal procedures
-Communication and community education for successful implementation
Register here: https://www.safeandsoundschools.org/events/webinars-return-to-learn/

August 4, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00) – School Health Planning Through the Pandemic
Safe and Sound Schools and special guests, Julie Wilkens and Kevin Carroll, is hosting a webinar to examine school health planning through the pandemic. Participants will learn:
-Policies and procedures for a healthy school community
-Screening and monitoring student, staff, and visitor health
-Planning and budgeting of health supplies
-Training and education for staff and community
-Building a pandemic plan as part of a School Emergency Operations Plan
Register here: https://www.safeandsoundschools.org/events/webinars-return-to-learn/

August 6, 2020 (11:00 – 2:00) – Mass Attacks in Public Spaces
The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) will present the findings from the latest study on targeted violence titled Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2019 (MAPS-2019). The presentation will address the report’s implications for the prevention of targeted violence as part of NTAC’s continuous efforts to ensure the informed development of prevention strategy through research. The study examines 34 targeted attacks that occurred in public or semi-public spaces (e.g., schools, places of business, houses of worship, open spaces) from January through December 2019, during which three or more persons were harmed, not including the attacker.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-secret-service-usss-mass-attacks-in-public-spaces-2019-registration-111998996012

August 11, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00) – The Role of Police in Our Schools
Safe and Sound Schools and special guests, Sergeant Rudy Perez, Officer Don Bridges, Dr. Melissa Reeves, and Katina White, is hosting a webinar to examine the role of police in schools. Participants will learn:
-History of school-based police officers in America
-Role and purpose of the School Resource Officer
-Perceptions and misconceptions of school-based police
-Police ethics, accountability and social justice
-Community-based policing as an agent of change and reform
Register here: https://www.safeandsoundschools.org/events/webinars-return-to-learn/