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Safe & Healthy Kids
The Governing Board desires to provide an orderly, caring and nondiscriminatory learning environment in which all students can feel comfortable and take pride in their school and their achievements. This includes an environment in which students feel safe, in every way, including from bullying, discrimination, and unhealthy activities of any kind. The Board also intends to promote nonviolent conflict resolution techniques in order to encourage attitudes and behaviors that foster harmonious relations so that everyone can learn and grow to their full potential.
On January 8, 2002, the President signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which reauthorizes the Elementary And Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSC) as Title IV, Part A of the NCLB became effective on July 1, 2002. The purpose of the SDFSC is to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools; that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; that involve parents and communities; and that are coordinated with related federal, state, school, and community efforts and resources to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement.
The mission of the Safe and Healthy Kids Program is to provide leadership to keep youth safe and alcohol, tobacco and drug free. Drug, alcohol and tobacco-use prevention programs are part of this effort as well as violence prevention and school safety. Programs to promote youth development, resiliency, buffers, protective factors, and assets are also central to promoting health among our youth.The purpose of our prevention programs and youth development efforts is to foster a positive learning environment that supports academic achievement.
Research-validated effective drug and violence prevention programs will both prevent risk behaviors and create safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools conducive to setting high academic standards for all students. Youth development is essential to ensure that all students achieve academically. Schools receiving SDFSC funds are required to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive drug and violence prevention program, with age-appropriate and developmentally based activities, that is coordinated with other school and community-based services. The SDFSC allows local schools to use funds to support the following authorized activities:
Principles of Effectiveness
SDFSC funds must be used to carry out activities that comply with the Principles of Effectiveness. For a program or activity developed pursuant to this subpart to meet the Principles of Effectiveness, such program or activity shall meet the following criteria:
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a comprehensive youth health risk and resilience behavior data collection service that is designed and analyzed by WestEd. Sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE), it consists of a comprehensive survey instrument that assesses all major areas of health-related behavior, as well as a full-service survey support system to help districts collect and use CHKS data to improve prevention and health programs. School districts in California are required to administer the survey every other year. It is confidential and anonymous, and requires parent permission for students to participate.
For more information on these programs within the Hemet Unified School District, contact: