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FW: "Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools"

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Sears, Ellen (ESears.us)
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 08:58:32 -0400


Sorry if this is a repeat - I haven't been able to keep up -
Ellen
> >
> >>
> >> BELOW is the statement Secretary Riley issued yesterday on the
> >> tragedy in Littleton, Colorado.
> >>
> >> Also below you'll find information about a May 3
> >> videoconference on creating safer settings for rural schools.
> >> In addition, we are reprinting excerpts from an August EDInfo
> >> message announcing a report designed to help teachers,
> >> parents, principals, & school district leaders *prevent
> >> violence* in schools -- "Early Warning, Timely Response: A
> >> Guide to Safe Schools."
> >>
> >> ************************************************************
> >> Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley
> >> Regarding the Columbine High School Shooting, April 21, 1999
> >> ************************************************************
> >>
> >> Like all Americans I extend my prayers to the many, many
> >> families in Littleton, Colorado, who are suffering today. As
> >> the father of four children & the grandfather of 10 children,
> >> my heart goes out to each & every one of these students &
> >> families & to the teachers, faculty & staff at Columbine High
> >> School.
> >>
> >> This tragedy represents a new scale & level of school violence
> >> that we have never seen before. And it says something about
> >> the easy ability of young people to get access to guns & the
> >> glorification of violence we sometimes see in America. If
> >> this type of tragedy doesn't bring about a public outcry, I
> >> don't know what will.
> >>
> >> My message to every gun owner in America is very direct --
> >> lock up your guns today. Think hard about what has just
> >> happened & please don't assume anything. Time & again, young
> >> people, who have caused these types of tragedies in our
> >> schools, have been able to get access to guns. America needs
> >> to realize that kids & unsupervised gun use do not mix.
> >>
> >> My message to parents is to reach out to your children &
> >> listen to them. We have to do everything we can to connect
> >> even to the most angry & alienated young person. Young people
> >> who are cut-off & isolated can be, as we have seen, deeply
> >> disconnected.
> >>
> >> I urge parents to slow down their lives. As a society we must
> >> make much more of an effort to help families & make sure that
> >> there is some responsible adult in the life of every young
> >> person. We have been in contact with Colorado school
> >> officials & stand ready to assist them in any way possible.
> >>
> >> We should not look for one easy answer to this type of
> >> tragedy. Every level of society -- from local community
> >> groups, to schools, to faith communities, state officials &
> >> national leaders -- can contribute to supporting families as
> >> they seek to raise their children safely.
> >>
> >> At the President's request, the Departments of Education &
> >> Justice have sought to support local efforts in several ways.
> >> Working together we developed an "Early Warning Guide" on how
> >> to prevent such incidents of violence & distributed copies to
> >> every school in the country, started a new $300 million
> >> comprehensive school violence prevention initiative, & have a
> >> proposal pending in Congress to establish "Project SERV" -- a
> >> $12 million effort to help school districts that have to
> >> confront these types of tragedies.
> >>
> >>
> >> *********************************
> >> May 3 Videoconference on Creating
> >> Safer Settings for Rural Schools
> >> *********************************
> >>
> >> The Appalachia Educational Laboratory will broadcast an
> >> interactive videoconference on creating safer settings for
> >> rural schools on May 3. The videoconference, organized in
> >> collaboration with the Department's other regional education
> >> labs, will be moderated by Marie Hill, former professor at
> >> Tennessee State University & coauthor of "Creating Safe
> >> Schools--What Principals Can Do." It will feature a panel of
> >> educators who have designed & implemented safety programs &
> >> will include discussion of plans for school emergencies. For
> >> more information, please see:
> >> http://www.ael.org/rel/rural/vid5399.htm
> >>
> >>
> >> **********************************************************
> >> Excerpts from August 27, 1998, EDInfo on
> >> "Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools"
> >> **********************************************************
> >>
> >> "Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools"
> >> tells what to look for & what to do to prevent violence, when
> >> to intervene & get help for troubled children, & how to
> >> respond when violent situations occur.
> >>
> >> The guide was developed at the President's request by the
> >> Departments of Justice & Education, in cooperation with the
> >> National Association of School Psychologists.
> >>
> >> The full text of the guide & the press release are at:
> >> http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/earlywrn.html
> >> (The guide is also available by calling 1-877-4ED-PUBS.)
> >>
> >> Below are the press release & the "action planning checklist."
> >>
> >>*********************************************************
> >>"Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools"
> >>August 1998
> >>*********************************************************
> >>
> >>=============
> >>Press Release
> >>=============
> >>
> >>President Clinton today announced the release of a new guide to
> >>help teachers, parents, principals & school district leaders
> >>prevent violence in schools. "Early Warning, Timely Response: A
> >>Guide to Safe Schools" tells school communities what to look for &
> >>what to do to prevent violence, when to intervene & get help for
> >>troubled children, & how to respond when violent situations occur.
> >>
> >>"Schools remain among the safest places for young people, yet even
> >>one incident of violent crime in a school is too many," said U.S.
> >>Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. "This guide is a
> >>practical resource for schools & communities to use to reduce the
> >>likelihood of violence & improve existing prevention & intervention
> >>efforts. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this
> >>complex issue, it is important that everyone -- parents, students,
> >>teachers, staff, & community members be part of creating safe,
> >>disciplined school environments."
> >>
> >>"Every parent & teacher should be aware of the warning signs
> >>exhibited by a troubled child," said Attorney General Janet Reno.
> >>"This guide can help save lives & prevent tragedies."
> >>
> >>The guide presents a brief summary of research on violence
> >>prevention, intervention & crisis response in schools and:
> >>
> >> * Notes that effective prevention, intervention & crisis
> >> strategies work best in schools that focus on high standards
> >> of achievement & discipline; involve families & communities;
> >> emphasize positive relationships among students & staff;
> >> openly discuss safety; offer extended before & after-school
> >> activities for students; & identify problems & assess progress
> >> toward solutions.
> >>
> >> * Describes early & imminent warning signs including social
> >> withdrawal; excessive feelings of isolation, being alone &
> >> rejection; being a victim of violence; expression of violence
> >> in writings or drawings; & past history of violent, aggressive
> >> behavior & discipline problems, which, when viewed in context,
> >> can signal a troubled child -- & presents principles to ensure
> >> these signs will not be misinterpreted.
> >>
> >> * Recommends that effective intervention efforts to improve the
> >> behavior of troubled children include a system of coordinated
> >> school & community services; parental involvement; & input
> >> from students.
> >>
> >> * Gives suggestions for developing a violence prevention &
> >> response plan outlining ways for the entire school to spot
> >> behavioral & emotional signs that indicate a child is troubled
> >> & resources that can be used to create safe environments.
> >>
> >> * Discusses ways to respond in the aftermath of a crisis to
> >> ensure a coordinated community effort; &
> >>
> >> * Provides resources & references for schools & parents who want
> >> more information.
> >>
> >>
> >>=======================================
> >>Action Planning Checklist
> >>Prevention-Intervention-Crisis Response
> >>=======================================
> >>
> >> ==> What To Look For -- Key Characteristics of Responsive & Safe
> >> Schools
> >>
> >> Does my school have characteristics that:
> >> ___ Are responsive to all children?
> >>
> >> ==> What To Look For -- Early Warning Signs of Violence
> >>
> >> Has my school taken steps to ensure that all staff, students,
> >> & families:
> >> ___ Understand the principles underlying the identification
> >> of early warning signs?
> >> ___ Know how to identify & respond to imminent warning signs?
> >> ___ Are able to identify early warning signs? >
> >>
> >> ==> What To Do -- Intervention: Getting Help for Troubled Children
> >>
> >> Does my school:
> >> ___ Understand the principles underlying intervention?
> >> ___ Make early intervention available for students at risk of
> >> behavioral problems?
> >> ___ Provide individualized, intensive interventions for
> >> students with severe behavioral problems?
> >> ___ Have schoolwide preventive strategies in place that
> >> support early intervention?
> >>
> >> ==> What To Do -- Crisis Response
> >>
> >> Does my school:
> >> ___ Understand the principles underlying crisis response?
> >> ___ Have a procedure for intervening during a crisis to
> >> ensure safety?
> >> ___ Know how to respond in the aftermath of tragedy?
> >>
> >>EDInfo
> >>Kirk Winters & Peter Kickbush
> >>U.S. Department of Education
> >>kirk_winters <kirk_winters>
> >>http://www.ed.gov/MailingLists/EDInfo/
> >><http://www.ed.gov/MailingLists/EDInfo/>
> >>
> >
> >____________________________________
> >Marchelle (Shelley) Canright, Ph.D.
> >Precollege Officer
> >NASA Langley Research Center
> >phone: 757-864-3313
> >fax: 757-864-8835
> >http://edu.larc.nasa.gov/
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