Supporting Safe and Positive Utah Schools

Overview

The mission of the Utah School Safety Resource Center is to provide resources and training to all school staff, parents, students and community members to ensure the physical and psychological safety of every student.

Regulation

School Safety Statutes Chart

Physical Safety

Building and Facility Safety

Daily 6 for Building Administrators:

  1. Background checks are performed and all adults in the building have been approved.
  2. A procedure for visitor sign-in, including signs directing visitors to the school office, and all employees are wearing identification badge.
  3. The number of unlocked interior doors during the school day is limited to the minimum necessary. Exterior/interior doors are locked and checked throughout the day.
  4. Emergency evacuation kits are maintained. One kit in the office area and backup plan if the office area is not accessible during an emergency situation. Re-unification/ response materials are also maintained.
  5. Steps are taken to communicate safety information to substitute personnel and seminary staff.
  6. Administrator conducts morning building walk through to secure the site and determine risks and unsafe settings.

I Love You Guys Foundation:

School Construction Resource Manual
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Financial Operations

Earthquakes

Information coming soon.

Fire Safety

Information coming soon.

Home

Pandemic Influenza
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Red Cross

Natural Disasters

Types of Drills

  • Lockdown is followed by “locks, lights, out of sight” and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
  • Lockout is followed by the Directive: “Get Inside. Lock outside doors” and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
  • Evacuate is always followed by a location and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
  • Shelter in Place is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self protection.
  • Parent/Student Re-unification processes following an evacuation should have a pre-determined location and delegated school staff with school roles to help coordinate with parents and re-unification site, and the school site.

School Resource Officer

Information coming soon.

Technological Building Resources for Safety

Information coming soon. 

Technological or Online Safety

Cyberbullying
Information coming soon.

Digital Safety
Information coming soon.

Predators

Sexual Solicitation and Predators
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): NetSmartz

Sextortion

Sextortion
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): NetSmartz 

Website Internet Safety

Child Sex Trafficking
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): NetSmartz

Common Sense Education:

Healthy Relationships Online and Off...Get Involved Today!
ThatsNotCool

Talking to Kids and Teens About Social Media and Sexting: Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Talking to Teens about Sexting
Davis School District

Who Can Help?

Keeping Children Safe

Kid Smartz:

Parent Resources for Emergency Response:

Transportation Safety

Buses
Information coming soon.

Walking Routes
Information coming soon.

Psychological Safety

Mental Health Awareness

Data on Mental Health

Information coming soon.

Signs and Symptoms of an Emerging Mental Illness

Information coming soon.

Restorative Practice

Resiliency and School Culture

Safety Planning

Information coming soon.

School Climate

Information coming soon.

Threat Assessment Teams

Information coming soon.

Trauma Informed Practices

Information coming soon.

SafeUT

The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tipline is a statewide service providing real time crisis intervention to youth through texting, as well as a confidential tip program to handle tips on bullying, school threats of violence or emergencies. Text Line staff assists texters with a wide variety of problems, including emotional crisis, grief and loss, drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues, self-harm and suicidal behavior.

If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly.

SafeUT printable materials are to promote the SafeUT Crisis Text and Tipline. Schools are responsible for the cost associated with printing the materials.

Training

2018-2019 School Safety Calendar

Utah School Safety Level 1
Information coming soon.

Utah School Safety Level 2
Information coming soon.

Connect: Training Professionals and Communities in Suicide Prevention and Response
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

PrePARE Training Curriculum
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines
University of Virginia

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid

For questions or to schedule a training, please contact Christy Hutchinson at christy.hutchinson@schools.utah.gov.

Crisis Response

Crisis Response 101

Crisis Team Structure

Information coming soon.

School-based Crisis Response Kit:

  • Class Bell Schedule (15 copies), bottled water for crisis team, extra boxes tissues, map of the school building, phone and e-mail for Principal, Assistant Principal, and School Resource Officer (if available).
  • School Calling Tree
  • Administrator Checklist
  • Memorialization Guidelines

Safety Planning

Crisis Response Manual 2017-2018
Canyons School District

Davis School District:

Provo City School District:

Emergency Response

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan 2018
Granite School District

Response
Provo City School District

School Facility Safety and Security
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Financial Operations

Parent Resources

Coping, Caring and Dealing with Suicide Printable (Coming Soon)

Developmental Issues of Grieving Children and How to Help
Davis School District

End of Life: A loved One's Suicide can be Emotionally Devastating. Use Healthy Coping Strategies, Such as Seeking Support, to Begin the Journey to Healing and Acceptance
Mayo Clinic

Teacher/Staff Responsibilities

Davis School District:

Recovery
Provo City School District

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS):

Bullying Prevention

Bullying is commonly understood as aggressive behavior that (a) is intended to cause distress and harm, (b) exists in a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power and strength, and (c) is repeated over time.

Bullying may involve physical actions, words, gestures and social isolation. Although bullying may involve direct, relatively open attacks against a victim, bullying is frequently indirect, or subtle in nature (spreading rumors, enlisting a friends to assault a child). The classic definition of bullying in Utah Schools was expanded by the Utah Legislature. Changes are reflected in the Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-613: Local Education Agency (LEA) Bullying, Cyber-bullying, Hazing and Harassment Policies and Training

The overall goal of bullying prevention and intervention is to provide every student with a safe and supportive school and social environment. For more information on how to prevent bullying, who is at risk, how to respond, and how to get help now, please visit stopbullying.gov.

Bullying

Bullying Statistics

Child Sexual Abuse

Utah State Legislature's House Bill (H.B.) 286: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, implemented in schools in 2016, requires the following actions:

  • requires that the Board, in partnership with the Department of Human Services, approve instructional materials for child sexual abuse prevention.
  • requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to use the instructional materials approved by the Board to provide child sexual abuse prevention and awareness training and instruction of school personnel and the parents/guardians of elementary school students.
  • provides that a school district or charter school may provide child sexual abuse prevention and awareness instruction to elementary school students, subject to certain requirements.
  • the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved the guidelines for instructional materials for child sexual abuse prevention. Those minimum guidelines were developed with help from multiple state agencies, prevention advocates, and other experts in the field.
  • USBE has approved instructional materials from the following providers for child sexual abuse prevention.

Training

Implementation Frequently Asked Questions for Utah Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Resources
Providers

Youth

  1. Evidence-based Sexual Prevention Curricula: Think First and Stay Safe
  2. Family Support and Treatment Center
    Utah Valley Family Support and Treatment Center
  3. Lauren's Kids
  4. Prevent Child Abuse: Utah
  5. Prevention Education Programs
    Monique Burr Foundation (MBF) for Children, Inc.
  6. The Family Place: Building Stronger Families

Youth Serving Adults

  1. Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse
  2. Evidence-based Sexual Prevention Curricula: Think First and Stay Safe
  3. Family Support and Treatment Center
    Utah Valley Family Support and Treatment Center
  4. Prevent Child Abuse: Utah
  5. Prevention Education Programs
    Monique Burr Foundation (MBF) for Children, Inc.
  6. Safe Schools
    Vector Solutions
  7. The Younique Foundation

Parents and Guardians

  1. Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse
  2. Evidence-based Sexual Prevention Curricula: Think First and Stay Safe
  3. Family Support and Treatment Center
    Utah Valley Family Support and Treatment Center
  4. Prevent Child Abuse: Utah
  5. Prevention Education Programs
    Monique Burr Foundation (MBF) for Children, Inc.
  6. The Younique Foundation
Contacts

Christy Hutchinson
Education Specialist School and Student Safety Specialist Phone: (801) 538-7502 | E-mail

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen
Educational Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7962 | E-mail

Tina Morandy
Executive Secretary
Phone (801) 538-7526 | E-mail