The Office of Safe Schools, Healthy Students is responsible for school climate development, and bullying, substance abuse and violence prevention activities and programs in all Sumner County schools. These programs focus on reducing risk factors for young people by promoting protective factors.Programs include:
- Character Education
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program – Katie Brown, Susan McDaniel - Trainers
- Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week
- Mentoring program
- School Resource Officer Program (Lt. Danny Hurst, Supervisor)
- SAVE Act compliance (Students Against Violence in Education) TN Dept of Ed
- Crisis Response Plans and drills
- Child Abuse reporting
- Students of Violent Crimes Reporting
- Bullying Incident Report Forms
- CARE Teams (teacher led educational support groups in elementary)
- Just Say No at elementary and middle school level
- NOAHS Promise Club (NO Alcohol in High School)
- STARS student assistance counselors at 6 high schools
- FACE It mandatory parent program at RT Fisher
- Prevention Coordinators – Susan McDaniel, Nancy Morris, Beth Swindle
The Prevention Coordinators work in all middle and high schools focusing on alcohol and drug prevention and programs to enhance social and emotional learning. They facilitate classroom and school wide programs that educate and raise awareness.
- Unity Learning Center – Marijo Monette – Project Director
Unity.Com is an afterschool academic enrichment program funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the TN Department of Education. The goal of the program is to strengthen students’ attachment to school, improve their academic performance, and successfully engage students and families in school-based cultural, technological, recreational and academic activities in a safe learning environment. Unity.Com is currently in operation in four elementary schools, eight middle schools, and three high schools.
- McKinney-Vento Homeless - Maureen Wright – Coordinator; Marijo Monette – Project Director
Educational services for homeless students; weekend food backpack program, school supplies for needy; any services to meet the needs of homeless students.
- Family Resource Center Program - Mike Shelton, Director
Located on the Central Office campus, the Family Resource Center offers support and referral information to families within Sumner County. The center is open to students and their families and all services are free. The Family Resource Center is also responsible for the school system’s elementary mentoring program. The mentoring program provides school-based mentoring utilizing adult volunteers from the community.
- Coordinated School Health - Cody Shipley– CSH Coordinator; Janel Garrett – CSH Assistant Coordinator; Britlyn Duncan – Program Assistant
Coordinated School Health (CSH) is a grant program that connects the health of students to learning. Programs focus on improving students' health and their capacity to learn through personal responsibility, and the support of families, communities and the school. The 8 components of Coordinated School Health – Nutrition, Mental Health, Health Education, Physical Activity, Healthy School Environment, Health Services, Staff Wellness, and Student, Family and Community Partners.