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  • Governor's School Security Task Force Announces New Initiative
    On April 20th the NJ Department of Education and NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness announced “Safer School for a Better Tomorrow” (SSBT) a School Security Task Force statewide initiative.  SSBT combines elements, resources, and guidance from the newly released LEA Minimum Requirements for School Safety and Security Plans.  The initiative consists of direct technical assistance to schools, coordination with law enforcement, increased communication among and between chief school administrators, as well as symposiums and trainings.  A detailed outline of all aspects of the SSBT initiative is available for review. Please contact the Governor's School Security Task Force with any questions at ssbt@doe.state.nj.us.

U.S. ED Launches a new Web site to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001.
A new web site is now available from the U.S. Department of Education with 9/11 Materials for Teachers.  This new web site presents a set of resource materials focused on the anniversary of 9/11, which were developed under federal grants supported by the U.S. Department of Education.

The resources can be used by teachers in carrying out classroom activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary. Further, the web site provides a link to the grantee’s host site, where you can access the full set of resource materials.  Also, links are provided to a number of other updated federal agencies that offer access to educational resources focused on the anniversary of 9/11. 

In addition, our country will be celebrating Constitution Day on September 17. Some of the materials, in addition to commemorating the anniversary of 9/11, underscore the importance of the Constitution and its underlying principles to our democracy.  

We invite you to visit the dedicated site: http://www.ed.gov/911anniversary

Commemorating September 11: A Response from the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth
As the school year begins and as we as a State continue our recovery from Hurricane Irene, it is important we make note of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the possible affects this will have on our communities. The range of emotions will vary from classroom to classroom as youth and teachers negotiate their emotions toward the terrifying attacks of 9/11. The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) acknowledges while "some of the youth in the classrooms around the State will be old enough to remember the attacks, some will have been personally affected by losing family members and family friends, and others will not have yet been born when the attacks occurred", the events of 9/11 impact many; thus helpful hints and resources to help people deal with a range of feelings, memories, and questions are important as this commemorative date approaches.

Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) shares three documents that contain tips, suggestions, and discussion points for educators and parents. It is our hope these resources will provide practical information as youth and families navigate through the "shoals of remembering the fallen and honoring the brave who were integral to our country's" response to the trauma of 9/11. Please feel free to share these resources with anyone who would benefit from them.

These resources can be found on our 'Related Links' section of our website - http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/security/links/tss.htm

Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene
This resource from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), University Behavioral Healthcare- Behavioral Research and Training Institute, Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth was written for parents and educators to help children and youth cope in the aftermath of the hurricane.

Bulletin 21 - Swine Influenza: Guidance for School Districts. On Monday, April 27, 2009 the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services provided Swine Influenza guidance to principals and school nurses.

Bulletin 20 - Electronic Aggression Tipsheet

Bulletin 19 - Journal of Adolescent Health: Electronic Bullying Among Middle School Students

Update on HINI Influenza A for Schools
This joint letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services from June 11, 2009 provides updates for schools on the H1N1 Influenza A virus.

Update on School (K – 12) and Childcare Facilities For HINI Influenza A
This CDC guidance from May 22, 2009 is in response to human infections with the novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) For Students and Teachers: Listen, Protect, Connect-Model & Teach
The following Helpful Hints publication was recently released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center. This new publication is designed to be a useful resource to assist school administrators in the development of the recovery phase of their school’s safety and security plan.

Plan Today… Be Prepared Tomorrow Training Program
This free training is open to school administrators and other appropriate personnel who design, review and implement, school safety & security plans.

Emergency Management for Schools Training
This FREE training is being offered by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. The training will address each of the four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

4th Annual International Bullying Prevention Association Conference
“Best Practices on Bullying and School Violence Prevention" which will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 5-8, 2007.  The purpose of the I.B.P.A. is supporting research-based bullying prevention programs worldwide.  This BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE will benefit School Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Parents, Law Enforcement Personnel, Attorneys, Physicians, Trainers, Social Workers, School Nurses, School Board Members, Policy Makers, and School Psychologists.

2008 Enhancing Nursing Knowledge Conference
This conference offered by the Allied Health Program at Raritan Valley Community College will focus on “Emergency Preparedness-Ready or Not.”

School Safety: Archived Video Webcast: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
In the wake of recent school shootings and the subsequent White House Conference on School Safety, the U.S. Department of Education presented a one-hour Web cast to provide parents, educators, school administrators and local safety personnel with an opportunity to review their emergency management plans.

Warning Signs of Youth Violence
This brochure from the American Psychological Association’s Help Center outlines the reasons, warning signs and steps to take when dealing with youth who show signs of potential violent behavior.

4th Annual International Bullying Prevention Association Conference “Best Practices on Bullying and School Violence Prevention" which will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 5-8, 2007.  The purpose of the I.B.P.A. is supporting research-based bullying prevention programs worldwide.  This BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE will benefit School Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Parents, Law Enforcement Personnel, Attorneys, Physicians, Trainers, Social Workers, School Nurses, School Board Members, Policy Makers, and School Psychologists.

Confronting Violence in Our Schools: Planning, Response and Recovery
The Public Entity Risk Institute held a symposium January 8-12, 2007 to explore strategies for addressing violence in our nation’s schools. The following topics were covered during the program: School Shootings and Recommendations, Terrorism in American Schools, Violent Behavior in Schools, and Recovery from School Violence.

National Consortium of School Violence Prevention Researchers and Practitioners
(the document is attached as a word document)
Research supports a thoughtful approach to safer schools, guided by four key elements: Balance, Communication, Connectedness, and Support

School-Based Partnerships: A Problem-Solving Strategy
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funded the School-Based Partnerships grant program for the purpose of partnering law enforcement agencies with schools to address crime and disorder problems in and around middle and high schools.  This report focuses on three school-based partnership sites and their use of the SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) problem-solving process to address specific issues in their schools: students and teachers feeling threatened, illegal drug sales, and truancy.

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