Safe & Civil Schools
ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT
The goal of the NCESD Safe and Civil Schools Department is to assist local school district personnel to build supportive learning environments through the continuous development of age-appropriate prevention and intervention programs. As the use of substances and involvement with violence have been linked in research to academic failure, our mission is "to provide all students the opportunity to experience academic success while practicing a safe, healthy, and civil lifestyle in order to become productive, secure, and self-sufficient members of their communities."
Build Supportive Learning Environments
We can help you build supportive learning environments through the continuous development of age-appropriate prevention programs.
Twenty-eight school districts are members of the Safe & Civil Schools Co-operative, including:
Grand Coulee Dam
Check out our highly popular Bullying Prevention Resources. Feel free to use any of these in your school.
Click Here For Resources From the Local Liaison Training on 9/20-21/11.
Healthy Youth Survey
The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), which occurs every two years, is a collaborative effort by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Health, Department of Social and Health Services, and Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development to recognize the interdependencies of health behaviors, alcohol and other drug use, violence and related risk factors impacting Washington State youth. For general information regarding the 2010 HYS visit http://www.hys.wa.gov/ The 2008 Healthy Youth Survey results for our region are available by contacting us.
Are Schools Safer Post-Columbine?
Experts: Violence up as Money, Time for Prevention Goes Down
By ADRIENNE MAND LEWIN
Are students any safer than they were before the violence at Columbine High School that left 13 dead and 25 injured seven years ago. Those who work with schools to prevent violence say they get high marks for increasing awareness and reporting threats, but they note that schools face budget and time cuts that could make further safeguarding difficult… http://abcnews.go.com/US/print?id=1883687
Smoking in the Movies
Movies make smoking seem hot, tough, and fun. Movies don’t show tobacco’s negative effects like yellow teeth, and hair and clothes that stink. For more information visit http://www.exposebigtobacco.com/movies.html
Kids and the Internet
Nearly all parents count the safety of their children as their highest priority. “Don’t talk to strangers” has been a caring parent’s mantra since time immemorial. Yet when it comes to keeping their kids safe online, many parents fail to enforce the same safety rules. For more information visit http://www.atg.wa.gov/InternetSafety/Kids.aspx
True Pre/Post Evaluation Design
Five years ago Student Assistance Prevention and Intervention Services Programs across the state adopted a more rigorous pre/post program evaluation design. In previous years students served in the program were asked to complete a post services retrospective survey only. Students are now asked to complete a pre service survey by the third time they meet with the Prevention and Intervention Specialist and then follow-up with a post-survey at completion of services. The pre/post program evaluation shows student progress in areas such as 30-day substance use (including alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana), binge drinking, attitudes about school, inter-personal conflicts, and the value of the program to the student.