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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.

Title IV, Part A - Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

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:

  • Addressing the consequences of violence and the illegal use of drugs, as appropriate
  • Promoting a sense of individual responsibility
  • Teaching students that most people do not illegally use drugs
  • Teaching students to recognize social and peer pressure to use drugs illegally and the skills for resisting illegal drug use
  • Teaching students about the dangers of emerging drugs
  • Engaging students in the learning process
  • Incorporating activities in secondary schools that reinforce prevention activities implemented in elementary schools
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:

  • Be based on an assessment of objective data regarding the incidence of violence and illegal drug use in the elementary schools and secondary schools and communities to be served, including an objective analysis of the current conditions and consequences regarding violence and illegal drug use, including delinquency and serious discipline problems, among students who attend such schools (including private school students who participate in the drug and violence prevention program) that is based on ongoing local assessment or evaluation activities.
  • Be based on an established set of performance measures aimed at ensuring that the elementary schools and secondary schools and communities to be served by the program have a safe, orderly, and drug-free learning environment.
  • Be based on scientifically-based research that provides evidence that the program to be used will reduce violence and illegal drug use.
  • Be based on an analysis of the data reasonably available at the time, of the prevalence of risk factors, including high or increasing rates of reported cases of child abuse and domestic violence; protective factors, buffers, assets; or other variables in schools and communities in the state identified through scientifically based research.
  • Include meaningful and ongoing consultation with and input from parents in the development of the application and administration of the program or activity.

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Safe & Healthy Schools Monthly Update(pdf format)

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    2013 California Healthy Kids Survey

    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.

    • Survey will be administered to students in grades 5,7,9 and 11 district-wide.
    • Survey window will be November 1- 30. Each site may select their survey dates within that time period. Survey will be administered to all students who return a positive, opt-in parent permission. The district is NOT random sampling the student population. This will provide for site-based data and reports to be available.
    • At the elementary level, the survey will be administered by 5th grade teachers.
    • At the secondary level, the survey will be administered in regular classes at the 7th, 9th and 11th grade levels.
    • The results of the survey administration will be available to staff, parents, students and the general public next spring.
    • District contact for the survey administration is Valerie Velez, HUSD Health Education Program Consultant, 765-5100, ext 3210; vvelez@hemetusd.k12.ca.us.


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    For more information on these programs within the Hemet Unified School District, contact:

    Valerie S. Velez, M.P.H.
    Health Education Program Consultant
    951-765-5100, ext. 3210
    Dr. Richard Husband
    Director, Pupil Services
    951-765-5100, ext. 3500

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