School Linked Services Initiative
The Middle School Strategy
School and community violence stem from the larger community issue of inadequate resources to address the socioeconomic hardships experienced by families living in disenfranchised communities. According to Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General (2001), most youth violence begins in adolescence and ends with the transition into adulthood.
The Middle School Strategy aims to create safe and supportive school environments and reduce the number of suspensions (particularly due to violence) at school sites. It includes:
- Coordination of Services
- A violence prevention curriculum,
- Targeted Interventions – school-based mental health counseling and case management
- Alternatives to suspension
- Increased parental involvement, and
- After-school programs.
The Safe Passager Middle School Strategy :
When a student needs more intensive support, an onsite therapist and case manager are available to provide assessment therapeutic intervention and case management services to students.
Second Step Violence Prevention/Social Skills Curriculum
Students and school staff use the Second Step violence prevention curriculum as a means of helping students resolve conflicts and improve school climate.
The school actively engages parents in meaningful activities that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Safe, fun, and enriching after-school programs provide positive activities for students.
The Coordinated Services Team made up of teachers, principals, and parents can refer students to on-campus specialists who provide a range of support to steer the students back on track, including mental health therapy, case management, conflict resolution and various community-based services.
Alternatives to Suspension
School staff, teachers, parents, and students develop creative, effective alternatives to suspensions for students. Students learn to take responsibility for their actions while staying connected to school and adults.