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Administrator are under enormous pressure as we return to school this year. Finding support for their students and staff is of the highest importance this year. Students are returning to school with even more pressure due to COVID-19. This is also true of educators and support staff. Isolation, loss of instructional time, teaching in multiple formats and anxiety are all part of their new reality. This stress has made it even more important for administrators to be aware of available resources. Here you will find resources regarding student and staff mental health, social emotional learning, anti-bullying/violence prevention, suicide prevention, threat assessment teams and other school safety initiatives. Resources are also available for vulnerable populations in addition to anonymous reporting and crisis support.

Supporting Students

COPES
This program aims to increase personal and family strengthening skills among offenders, restored citizens and affected youth to support a successful transition back to family and community.
https://copes.org/ohio-clfc-rollout/

Trauma Informed
A trauma-informed school is one in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported and where the impact of trauma on teaching and learning is addressed at the center of the educational mission.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/PBIS-Resources/Trauma-Informed-Schools

Generation RX
Medication safety curriculum.
https://generationrx.org/

Handle with Care
This collaborative program to ensure children who are exposed to adverse events receive appropriate interventions at school.
Handle With Care: Ohio | Home (handlewithcareoh.org)

Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/get-help/get-help-now/crisis-text-line

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Curriculum
This course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders https://www.ohiospf.org/about/programs-trainings/

On Our Sleeves'
Back-to-School looks different this year. On Our Sleeves' behavioral health experts have created FREE resources to help you start this school year with confidence, no matter what model your return-to-school looks like. 
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-health-resources/articles-support/school
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-wellness-tools-guides/one-million-classrooms

FEMA: Ready.gov
FEMA: Ready.gov: Helping Children Cope. “Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.”
https://www.ready.gov/helping-children-cope

FEMA: Ready.gov: Youth Preparedness Programs. “Children make up about 25 percent of the U.S. population of the United States and are the future of our communities. While they face unique vulnerabilities, they can also play an important role during emergencies.” Trainings and guidance available (funding often available too): https://www.ready.gov/kids/start-program

FEMA: Ready.gov: Teen CERT. Teen empowerment program to help teens protect themselves, their families, and their communities.
https://www.ready.gov/kids/teen-cert

With You Here
This program aims to reduce stigma and prevent suicides in African American young men.
https://www.withyouhere.org/

Mandatory Reporting
Educators are mandated reporters. Below is a link to review what you should be looking for and reporting as we head back to school.
Preventing Abuse and Neglect | Ohio Department of Education

Supporting Staff

ABC’s of Mental Health
Resource for educators who may be feeling the weight of new expectations along with heightened health and safety concerns.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/community-partners/schools/resources/abcs-of-mental-health

On Our Sleeves'
Back-to-School looks different this year. On Our Sleeves' behavioral health experts have created FREE resources to help you start this school year with confidence, no matter what model your return-to-school looks like. For Teachers: How to Prepare for School: https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-wellness-tools-guides/teacher-support

New Legislation

HB 123 SAVE Students Act
Ohio's 133rd General Assembly enacted House Bill 123, the "Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act," regarding school security and youth suicide awareness education and training. The state legislation calls for a comprehensive approach to school safety involving the Ohio departments of Education, Public Safety, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Attorney General’s Office. Learn more about these new requirements by clicking the link below.
Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act | Ohio Department of Education

Threat Assessment Teams
Districts and schools are required to submit their emergency management plans to DPS, instead of ODE. Requires each emergency management plan to include (1) a threat assessment plan and (2) a protocol for threat assessment teams.
download (ohio.gov)

Threat Assessment Training
The Ohio Attorney General's Office produced a free, virtual, publicly-accessible training for schools and law enforcement on creating a threat assessment team.
Ohio School Threat Assessment Training - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Safer Ohio School Tip Line
The Safer Ohio School Tip Line is a free safety resource available to all Ohio schools. The tip line is an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day. This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. Encourage your Administrator’s to register!
Safer Ohio School Tip Line | Ohio School Safety Center

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention
The OSSC works with OMHAS to offer QPR training to schools and first responders - first responder liaison provides the content. The OSSC also works with Nationwide Children's to offer First Responder Suicide Prevention training to the same audience.
Kognito Landing Page (kognitocampus.com)

Signs of Suicide
SOS Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a universal, school-based prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 13-17) students.
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/Document/Get/161657 

Sources of Strength
Evidence Based Suicide Prevention program supporting and empowering both peers and adult advisors.
https://www.sourcesofstrengthohio.org/

Suicide Media Reporting
Responsible reporting on suicide has the power to save lives. How you shape a story — the details given, words used and resources provided — will minimize suicide contagion for vulnerable individuals and increase awareness of this major public health issue.
https://suicideprevention.ohio.gov/Schools/Colleges-and-Universities/Postvention/Media-Guidelines 

Suicide Prevention
Guide to develop comprehensive suicide prevention program that includes guidance’s on prevention, intervention, referral and postvention.
https://suicideprevention.ohio.gov/Schools/Middle-and-High-School

Training

SAVE Students Act
ODE, in consultation with OhioMHAS, is required to maintain a list of approved, evidence-based training programs for instructing students on social inclusion. At least one program must be free to schools.
Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act | Ohio Department of Education

DPS, in consultation with ODE and the Attorney General, is required to approve a list of evidence-based training programs for members of school threat assessment teams. At least one program must be free to schools.
Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act | Ohio Department of Education

ODE, in consultation with DPS and OhioMHAS, is required to maintain a list of approved, evidence-based training programs for instructing staff and students on suicide awareness and prevention and violence prevention. At least one program must be free to schools.
Suicide Prevention | Ohio School Safety Center   https://suicideprevention.ohio.gov/

Violence Prevention Training
Training to public elementary, middle and high school professionals to detect student behavioral health needs. Every five years, participants must take at least four hours training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, suicide ideation, bullying, teen dating violence, human trafficking and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development. School districts and educational service centers may adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for this purpose, or they may develop their own program in consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved in child abuse prevention or intervention.
Required Safety and Violence Prevention Training | Ohio School Safety Center

School Safety Summit
The OSSC is tasked with hosting an annual school safety summit for K-12 schools and higher education. The goal is to share a comprehensive approach to student safety with various tracks for school safety teams. K-12 sections paid for by a grant.
School Safety Summit Announcement | Ohio School Safety Center

SRO Training
The OSSC is creating a virtual continuing education training academy for school resource officers. In addition to new trainings being created, the DPS training campus will provide links to existing training with eAcademy. Course subject areas include: conflict de-escalation, MOU creation, implicit bias, youth mental health, emergency planning, suicide prevention, critical incident response, etc. osroa.org/trainings/

Cyber Security

DHS Back to School Campaign
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “encourages you to read a special blog from Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, which highlights why cyber hygiene for educational institutions is so vital.” 

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect machines with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals use these attacks to entice users to click on a link or open an attachment that can then infect their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Phishing Tip Sheet has additional information on combating phishing. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrators and chief information security officers of school districts to review our recently released StopRansomware.gov – a new website designed to help individuals and organizations prevent attacks that can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. Thewebsite contains special resources for K-12 to assist institutions with their unique cybersecurity needs and has a number of resources for schools to explore and reference to learn how to stay safe online.”

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is kicking off its 2021 Back to School campaign to help students, parents, teachers, and administrators remain safe from cybersecurity threats as they return to school. The campaign will run from August 9 until August 30. Check our social media accounts, @CISAgov and @Cyber, during the campaign for more cybersecurity tips.

Physical Safety of Buildings

School Safety Design
The OFCC maintains a virtual school design manual for new construction of schools. The guide provides information from PASS and other experts on the best construction and safety features as well as requirements and grant funds. https://ofcc.ohio.gov/Resources/OSDM-Ohio-School-Design-Manual

Grant
The Capital Budget had grant funding for K-12 public school security grants. OFCC administers with ODPS coordination.
School Safety Grants | Ohio School Safety Center

Emergency Management Tests
The OSSC facilitates statutory compliance of emergency management tests for K-12 schools across Ohio.  In addition, the OSSC, in partnership with Ohio EMA, provides educational resources, exercise toolkits, and technical assistance to school administrators and safety plan coordinators with completing and submitting their annual emergency management test.
https://ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ossc/pre-k-12-schools/emergency-management-test

School Safety Plans
The OSSC facilitates statutory compliance of emergency management plans, commonly referred to as school safety plans, for approximately 5,600 K-12 school buildings. In addition, the OSSC provides resources, templates, and technical assistance to school administrators and safety plan coordinators. 
K-12 School Safety Plans: https://ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ossc/pre-k-12-schools/school-safety-plans

Addressing the Whole Child

Anti-Bullying
All Ohio public schools work to create safe and supportive learning environments for their students and staff. As part of these efforts, state law says districts must have policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources | Ohio Department of Education

Social Emotional Learning
Social-emotional learning includes competencies like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, collaboration, empathy, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. The elements of social-emotional learning give children the tools to become resilient and persistent in life.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Social-and-Emotional-Learning

Whole Child Framework
Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, puts the whole child at the center, where each component of the plan works harmoniously to support a whole-child approach. Likewise, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework also places the whole child at the center, with district, school, family and community supporting the needs of the whole child using a comprehensive approach. A whole child approach broadens district and school focus beyond academics to include meeting students social-emotional, physical and safety needs. The Whole Child Framework provides a blueprint to meet these whole child needs, which are foundational to a child’s intellectual and social development and necessary for students to fully engage in learning and school.
Ohio's Whole Child Framework | Ohio Department of Education

PBIS
A framework that guides school teams in the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices using a multi-tiered system of support.
Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports | Ohio Department of Education

Handle with Care
Collaborative program to ensure children who are exposed to adverse events receive appropriate interventions at school.
Handle With Care: Ohio | Home (handlewithcareoh.org)

Mental Health
The blue print outlines the operations of creating a telehealth system in a district and schools that do not have connectivity.
Telehealth in Schools Blueprint | InnovateOhio


School Safety Webpage
The OSSC is tasked with operating the state school safety website (ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.gov) to provide links to safety resources for both K-12 and higher education. The OSSC is also the state point of contact for updates to Ohio's page on the DHS run website - schoolsafety.gov. 
https://ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ossc/home

Resources to Share

School Based Health Toolkit
School-based health initiatives help ensure students are in school, healthy and ready to learn through a school or district's partnerships with health care providers and other community organizations. In alignment with Each Child, Our Future, Ohio is supporting schools and districts as they begin new — or augment existing — school-based physical and mental health partnerships to meet the needs of the whole child.
School-Based Health Care Support Toolkit | Ohio Department of Education

Handle with Care
Collaborative program to ensure children who are exposed to adverse events receive appropriate interventions at school.
Handle With Care: Ohio | Home (handlewithcareoh.org)

Suicide Prevention
The OSSC works with OMHAS to offer QPR training to schools and first responders - first responder liaison provides the content. The OSSC also works with Nationwide Children's to offer First Responder Suicide Prevention training to the same audience.
Kognito Landing Page (kognitocampus.com)

School Safety Newsletter
The OSSC produces a quarterly newsletter to share upcoming events, grants, trainings, and best practices for K-12 schools and higher education.
https://ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ossc/about-us/communications/newsletter

United Way’s 211
United Way’s 211. “Connecting you to essential community services.” Available in many Ohio communities. “Every call is completely confidential.”
https://www.211.org/

Social Media Challenges & Threats

Social Media Challenges & Threats 

These documents provide resources which support school staff as they prevent, identify and address inappropriate student behavior associated with social media use. During recent months, there have been increasing reports of students behaving inappropriately or engaging in dangerous acts as a result of social media challenges.  

Ohio’s Whole Child Framework describes how students benefit from knowing they are surrounded by caring adults in school, at home and within the community at large. When schools and families work together and align efforts to support students’ needs, students thrive. Schools can create multiple ways for families to engage and contribute to their child’s education and support their development. To best support students as they make decisions related to social media use, schools and families should work together to provide safe environments and set expectations for appropriate behaviors.  

The Departments of Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Safety worked collaboratively to create a list of strategies to support school safety in response to social media challenges. Schools can implement the strategies to increase school safety and reduce incidents of violence connected to social media challenges. Schools can assist parents and families with the implementation of strategies to help inform youth on safe and supportive learning environment. Parents and families can start conversations with youth about social media to support them in healthy decision making.

As the departments are made aware of viral trends or threats, school administrators will be notified for situational awareness.