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.

Data

Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Survey
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH)

Utah School Safety Laws and Board Rules

School Safety Statutes Chart

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

Physical Safety

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.

Earthquakes
Information coming soon.

Fire Safety

Checklist for Home

Pandemic Influenza
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Red Cross 

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.

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

I Love You Guys Foundation:

Transportation Safety

Buses
Information coming soon.

Walking Routes
Information coming soon.

School Resource Officer

Information coming soon.

Technological or Online Safety

Cyberbullying
Information coming soon.

Predators
Information coming soon.

Sextortion
Information coming soon.

Digital Safety Resources
Information coming soon.

Technological Building Resources for Safety

Information coming soon. 

Psychological Safety

School Climate

Information coming soon.

Mental Health Awareness

Signs and Symptoms of an Emerging Mental Illness
Information coming soon.

Data on Mental Health
Information coming soon.

Trauma Informed Practices

Information coming soon.

Child Abuse Prevention

Information coming soon.

Restorative Practice

Resiliency and School Culture

Safety Planning
Information coming soon.

Threat Assessment Teams

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.

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