Wellness & Safety
Key Strategies - Physical Safety
Create a physical environment that promotes student and staff safety through established protocols and procedures, appropriate internal and external security systems, and routine emergency preparations.
- Conduct a Comprehensive Facility School Safety Assessment at each campus.
- Create a Districtwide assessment of technology enhancements, including cameras to improve safety at each school site and at the District Office.
- Convene a School Safety Advisory Group (SSAG), consisting of parents and students, as well as certificated, classified, and management staff.
- Develop an action plan and budget for each school site.
- Begin facility improvements at each school site based on the action plan. Improvements will be phased in, as determined in the action plan.
Emergency Preparedness Culture
- Increase overall staffing dedicated to emergency preparedness, risk management, and safety and security.
- Establish standardized emergency preparedness, threat/risk assessment protocols, and crisis response training for all school sites and the District Office.
- Establish close working relationship with City of Palo Alto Police and Fire Departments.
- Convene a SSAG, consisting of parents and students, as well as certificated, classified, and management staff.
- Include safety and emergency preparedness training at New Hire Orientations.
Key Strategies - Mental Health & Wellness
Provide for the social, emotional and physical health needs of students and cultivate positive, identity safe school environments that promote high levels of connection, engagement and overall well-being throughout the school community.
How will we measure progress? (Key Performance Indicators)
- Increase staff awareness and efficacy in serving the needs of diverse learners as measured by staff feedback on district sponsored professional learning
- Decrease percentage of students identified as chronically absent
- Increase the extent to which students are engaged and connected to the school environment (e.g. feel personally accepted, respected, included, and supported by staff and peers)
- Increase student knowledge of supports and help-seeking behaviors
- Provide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) professional learning opportunities for grades K-8.
- Develop model for consistent SEL instruction across high schools.
- Complete SEL practice inventory with middle schools and identify resources to support consistent SEL instruction across elementary and middle schools.
- Implement instruction on Healthy Relationships & Behaviors, including comprehensive TK-12 sexual health instruction.
- Provide staff workshops on supporting vulnerable students as part of the New Hire Equity Series and on Professional Learning Days. Topics would include: SEL, Restorative Practices, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) inclusivity, and ongoing support for student mental and physical health needs.
- Create and implement attendance interventions, coordinating available resources – including School Counselors, Family Engagement Specialists, District Social Workers, and District Nurses – to support increased attendance.
- Expand partnerships and explore models to provide alternatives to traditional high school settings.
- Establish an annual process to review, refine, and publish protocols for identifying and addressing physical and mental health needs of TK-12 students.
- Develop consistent articulation processes to share student needs and interventions for elementary to middle, and middle to high school transitions.
- Promote healthy, productive, and responsible use of technology and digital citizenship.
- Create District Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model that encompasses the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral health needs of all students.
- Improve Bullying & Harassment reporting and responses by utilizing the anonymous reporting tool, a process flow chart, and case management through administrators, counselors, and social workers.