We asked:

What are your thoughts and suggestions as we continue to build a culture of safety and well-being?

We heard:

Building Hardening

"Schools need more door security at first point of entry.”

School Safety Guards and SROs

“Keep the Resource Officers in high visibility spots.”

Safety Procedures

“I love all the doors locked on campus.”

Guardian Program/Arming Employees

“I would hope that Pasco County Schools continue to maintain a NO guns for teacher’s policy.”

Traffic

“Have better access and exit procedures to River Ridge Middle and High School.”

Mental Health of Students and Staff

“We need to teach kids about mental illness and provide them resources on campus.”

Administration and Safety Physical Safety

“The administrative team sets the tone and builds the culture for the rest of the school. Safety and well-being starts at the top.”

Communication

“There should be a way the students can report concerns anonymously if needed.” “Bus drivers many times are the first people students see in the morning. Include them in all discussions regarding student safety as well.”

Parent Support

“Parents need to be aware of what mental health services are open to their children.”

Additional School Staff

“I think we should have more social workers/mental health staff in schools.”

Concerns of Bullying

“We need to take more action when bullying is reported. We need to listen to students and teachers.”

School Climate

“Safety is very important to me. My children need to be in an environment where they can focus on learning and not be fearful of what can happen.

Student Behavior/Discipline

“Schools need more support with significant behaviors. Students with significant behaviors impact the safety and well-being of all in the school community.”

We plan to:

Based on information received from the ThoughtExchange and other sources, the district is exploring the following improvements to the overall system of public education in Pasco County.

Building Hardening

• Use of Educational Facilities Grant – for example, fencing at Seven Springs Elementary and Fox Hollow Elementary; front office hardening at schools
• Speciality classroom locks across schools
• Additional security cameras in schools

School Safety Guards and SROs

• School Resource Officers and School Safety Guards placed in high visibility posts and with enhanced responsibilities in the event of threats

Safety Procedures

• Crisis Go communication platform to be piloted in schools (Fall 2019)
• Continued enhancements to Active Threat Plan drills

Guardian Program/Arming Employees

• Strong start to the School Safety Guard program, continued collaboration with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and municipal police departments

Traffic

• Continued collaboration between district, county and municipalities to address traffic safety concerns

Mental Health of Students and Staff

Creating Compassionate and Safe Schools Initiative
Trauma Informed Care Training
- Reinforcing the importance of Safety, Transparency, Predictability, Voice and Choice

Strengthening Community Connections
- Consistent screening procedures for at-risk students
- Sharing critical information to support students and families - Increasing access to community mental health services

Youth Mental Health First Aid- building the capacity of staff to recognize, reach out and connect services for students in crisis

Professional Development for “Leading a Compassionate School” including: change management, Social Emotional Learning practices, Trauma Informed Care and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS).

Administration and Safety

• Ensure district policy on discipline is followed (Discipline Matrix) and communication with parent and student is timely
• Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Professional Development - District plan for training and supporting all schools

Communication

• Crisis Go communication platform to be piloted in schools (Fall 2019)
• Social Emotional Learning (SEL) highlighted in all school and district newsletters
• Continue to communicate that anonymous reporting of bullying is available on district website

Parent Support

• Parent-Teacher Home Visit Initiative
• Increase in parent training, for example, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families and Getting Ahead
• Strengthening the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Collaborative Network, a partnership with parents

Additional School Staff

• Continue to explore additional staff and, at the same time, how staff are utilized

Concerns of Bullying/Threats

• Bullying is reported to the district and every report is investigated
• Student Support Programs and Services department to focus supports on prevention
• Creating Compassionate and Safe Schools Initiative to improve cultures in the school

School Climate

• Social Emotional Learning (SEL) districtwide strategy to build and adopt SEL standards
• Focused development on classroom environments that engage students
• Elevating Student Congress: Student leaders from each secondary school
- Learning through the Sandy Hook Promise
• Reinforcing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
- District plan for training and supporting all schools

Student Behavior/Discipline

• Stronger focus on student engagement and intervention supports
• Hosting Behavior Institute Summer 2019 to address problem solving around behavior
• Professional development for all school staff on supporting students’ Social Emotional Learning (SEL) needs with high leverage social and instructional teaching practices
• Developing a stronger system of district behavioral support to assist schools with challenging behavior
• Creating a Behavioral Resource Tool Kit for schools and providing professional development on the resources monthly