The Safe Schools, Healthy Students Office is responsible for school climate and culture development, bullying, substance abuse and violence prevention activities and programs in all Sumner County schools. The focus is on reducing risk factors for young people by promoting protective factors.
- Character Education
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
- Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week
- Mentoring program
- School Resource Officer Program
- Crisis Response Plans and Drills
- Child Abuse Reporting
- Students of Violent Crimes Reporting
- Bullying Incident Reporting
- CARE Teams
- Just Say No
- STARS student assistance counselors
- FACE It mandatory parent program at RT Fisher
- System-wide School Climate Annual Surveys
- Faculty/Staff Self-Care Campaign - O2: A Self Care Campaign for Educators
Prevention Specialists – Beth Martin, Nancy Morris, Jerrica Mayo
The Prevention Specialists work in all middle and high schools focusing on school climate and culture, alcohol, drug and violence prevention and social and emotional learning. They facilitate classroom, school wide and district wide programs that educate and raise awareness, as well as a campaign to encourage educator self-care.
Prevention Specialists gather, interpret and share data with administration to help recognize student needs and attitudes. This is accomplished through an annual school climate survey and school level observation
- Unity Learning Center – Marijo Monette – Project Director
The goal of the program is to strengthen students’ attachment to school, improve their academic performance, and successfully engage students and families in school-based cultural, technological, recreational and academic activities in a safe learning environment. Unity.Com is currently in operation in four elementary schools, eight middle schools, and three high schools.
- McKinney-Vento Homeless - Maureen Wright – Coordinator; Marijo Monette – Project Director
Educational services for homeless students; weekend food backpack program, school supplies for needy; any services to meet the needs of homeless
- Family Resource Center Program - Mike Shelton, Director
Located on the Central Office campus, the Family Resource Center offers support and referral information to families within Sumner County. The center is open to students and their families and all services are free. The Family Resource Center is also responsible for the school system’s elementary mentoring program. The mentoring program provides school-based mentoring utilizing adult volunteers from the community.
- Coordinated School Health - Britlyn Duncan, Janel Garrett
Coordinated School Health (CSH) is a grant program that connects the health of students to learning. Programs focus on improving students' health and their capacity to learn through personal responsibility, and the support of families, communities and the school. The 8 components of Coordinated School Health – Nutrition, Mental Health, Health Education, Physical Activity, Healthy School Environment, Health Services, Staff Wellness, and Student, Family and Community Partners.
- Crisis Social Workers - Juliana Adenake, Kim Calhoun, Jinny Glasco, Stephanie Trawick
The Safe Schools, Healthy Students Crisis Social Workers respond to Sumner County students regarding mental health needs and provide follow up care to students and families.