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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
A premier service organization.
Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
To help facilitate and support our school community, the Santa Clara County Office of Education has assembled an incident safety toolkit for schools and districts. This page contains resources such as guidance to prevent and mitigate tragedy through mental health supports, how to prepare for an active shooter incident, in responding to the aftermath of a community trauma, how to work together toward safe and healthy schools, and how to talk to children and youth about tragic events.
This toolkit is organized in the life cycle of a disaster incident.
Schools provide necessary mental health support. Diagnosis and screening often begins in schools thanks to our teams of counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and instructional staff.
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This Toolkit has drawn on evidence based national and state youth suicide prevention guidelines, including those issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), the University of South Florida (USF), and the states of California and Maine, among others.http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/index.asp.
Student wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness includes enhancing emotional, mental, spiritual, environmental, social and physical components of life, in order to achieve one’s individual potential. https://www.sccoe.org/safe-and-healthy/Pages/Student-Wellness.aspx
Professional learning and supports to prevent bullying, mental and behavioral health, classroom management, and safety are a key to violence prevention and mitigation.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education recognizes that bullying in schools is a serious matter that impacts student health and safety. Given this, the following resources and information are available to school and community members to assist in addressing bullying behavior and building safer learning environments. https://www.sccoe.org/safe-and-healthy/Pages/Bullying-Prevention.aspx
School Climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students, parents and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures. https://www.sccoe.org/safe-and-healthy/Pages/School-Climate.aspx
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence-based behavioral practices for improving important behavior outcomes for all students. http://pbis.sccoe.org
Prepare students to become stewards of democracy by exercising their voice. Young people can solve problems and affect change.
Through the lens of equity and diversity, the "Power of Democracy: Civic Engagement Initiative" is a multi-sector coalition facilitated by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The Initiative is designed to foster an understanding of the structures and processes of our democracy, share resources and best practices, encourage informed and multifaceted civic participation and build stronger communities. The Initiative is aligned to the CDE and the Education Commission of the States' "Six Proven Practices of Civic Engagement." https://communications325.wixsite.com/santaclarademocracy
The Santa Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) and the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), in partnership with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP), are launching a multi-year professional development program to support the classroom implementation of a civics education approach to history education. This approach, aligned to California’s History-Social Science Framework (2016), integrates civically-engaged project-based learning with History-Social Studies curriculum. https://ucbhssp.berkeley.edu/ content/informed-action-civics
Their mission is to harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives. https://marchforourlives.com/mission-story/
Invite local leaders to visit your classrooms, kick off letter writing campaigns, and get your students involved in local matters.
Request Adoption of Resolution to Support Safe and Sensible Gun Safety Legislation in Response to Garlic Festival Tragedy in Gilroy
Resolution Affirming Support for AB 424– A Bill to Repeal the Loophole Allowing Civilians to Bring Guns into Schools
Resolution in Support of Anti-Discrimination and Gun Safety Reform in Light of the Orlando, Florida Massacre
Resolution Supporting School Safety
Provides training and workshops to strengthen collaborative emergency response across community organizations. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/Pages/home.aspx
Compliance Tool for Comprehensive School Safety Plans (DOCX)
All California public schools kindergarten and grades one through twelve must develop a comprehensive school safety plan, per California Education Code sections 32280-32289 . This tool provides a list of required contents to assist schools in creating a compliant plan.
School Safety Elements and Resources
Information intended to help schools identify elements and resources important in improving school climate and safety.
Improving Collaboration on School Safety Issues
Suggestions for working with students, parents, community residents, and law enforcement personnel.
https://www.mindfulschools.org/ personal-practice/ mindfulness-a-positive-outlook-and-taking-in-the-good/
https:// casel.org/ social-and-emotional-learning-and-positive-behavioral-interventions-and-supports/
https://www.nctsn.org/ sites/ default/files/resources/talking_to_children_about_the_shooting.pdf