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Pennsylvania Sets Holistic School Safety as Top Priority

Governor Tom Wolf Invests Big in Student Safety & Wellness with Act 55 of 2022

By signing Act 55 of 2022 into law, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf took an important step toward ensuring school leaders understand the path toward whole-child safety and wellbeing and that they have the funding to implement necessary solutions. The legislation sets parameters for wide-ranging student safety initiatives such as:

  • Risk assessments to determine necessary hard security upgrades
  • Mental and behavioral health awareness
  • Mandatory training on situational awareness and trauma-informed drills
  • Behavioral threat assessment teams
  • Suicide and bullying prevention

Act 55 also provides grants to be used as school districts enhance their holistic student safety solutions. With $95 million available for safety and security spending and an additional $95 million available for mental health supports, Pennsylvania leaders make it clear they understand that effective school security is about more than locked doors or planning for an active shooter incident.

How Can New Safety & Security Funds Be Used?

In a long-term investment in school safety and security, Act 55 of 2022 allocates $95 million for schools statewide to assess and improve their physical security measures. These funds will assist schools in their efforts to make campuses safer, equip teachers and staff with necessary training and more effectively integrate first responders in the security planning process.

Specifically, safety grants can be spent on the following:

  • Violence prevention curriculum
  • Enhanced security planning
  • Emergency communication equipment such as silent panic alarms
  • Training on threat assessment and response
  • Visitor management systems, including background check software
  • Systems for managing student discipline
  • Professional development for school safety employees

How Can Increased Mental Health Funding Be Spent?

With an understanding that student safety extends beyond physical security, the legislation includes $95 million for a broad range of student mental health supports. This money will allow school districts to build out the infrastructure necessary to both identify and address mental health concerns in their schools. From hiring additional staff to implementing social-emotional learning curriculum and enacting suicide prevention measures, schools will have the resources they need to care for the whole child.

District leaders can spend these mental health grants on the following:

  • Hiring support staff
  • Implementing evidence-based screening tools for mental health and suicide
  • Positive behavior intervention supports
  • Early mental health intervention training

How Navigate360 Can Help You Create a Holistic Ecosystem of Safety & Security

As the only school safety partner focused on holistic wellbeing, we offer end-to-end solutions, expertise and confidence needed to strengthen the safety, wellness and academic performance of our youth.

Safety & Security Solutions

Safety & Security Suite: Operating as a single visitor, volunteer, panic button and emergency management solution set, our Safety & Security Suite integrates Emergency Management Suite and Visitor & Volunteer Management to ensure real-time, whole-campus oversight and accountability and improve communication pathways. The suite provides a variety of features, including silent panic alarms, robust safety checks, guidance to ensure Department of Education (DOE) compliance and comprehensive site mapping.

Solutions that Work Better Together

Risk Assessment: As the only Expert Service Consultants internationally recognized by A.M. Best’s Client Recommended Expert Service Providers for Risk Assessments, Navigate360’s team of board-certified Physical Security Professionals (PSPs) are exceptionally qualified to perform your risk assessment, which can give you peace of mind to stay focused on your school’s critical safety and security missions.

ALICE Training®: The ALICE program is a proactive, options-based active shooter response training program that empowers students and staff to survive in the face of violence. This trauma-informed, age- and ability-appropriate training program provides your schools with both eLearning and in-person instruction options and teaches proven techniques for safety drills and emergency response.

Detect: Combining both web filtering and digital scanning, Detect is the most comprehensive, all-encompassing digital safety solution available. This software helps identify and address a student’s intent to harm themselves or others by scanning digital content in real time and notifying school administrators of harm language found in school-owned email and public social media. It also utilizes a web indexing database of 3 billion URLs to protect students from potentially harmful content.

P3 Anonymous Tip Reporting: P3 serves as a forum for collaboration and accountability between school administrators, peace officers and mental health professionals to ensure every student’s needs are met. Our technology also powers well-known national and state-level tip lines such as Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something program and Safe2Tell Colorado. As the leading anonymous reporting tool, our software empowers students, teachers and individuals to proactively share information about safety, bullying, self-harm and violence.

Behavioral Threat Assessment Training: Aligned with the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) or the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) threat assessment model, this is a two-part behavioral threat assessment training program that combines online and in-person (available live or virtual) learning to build the confidence needed to identify and properly intervene when a child is showing signs of a mental health crisis.

Behavioral Threat & Suicide Case Management: This single solution will provide your school’s mental health professionals and behavioral threat assessment team members with evidence-based case management software that allows for continuum of care documentation and analytics reporting to proactively improve outcomes for students of concern.

Mental Health & Awareness Solutions

Suite360 for Students: Help your students reach their full potential and thrive with the most comprehensive, evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum available. Suite360 for Students includes scaffolded lessons for grades K-12, engaging content that students understand and diverse topics that help to produce well-rounded students.

Mental Health & Prevention: Navigate360 provides mental health awareness tools to address tough mental health and safety-related topics. With professionally developed resources for students, staff and families, everyone can care for their own mental health and respond appropriately when they or someone they care about is in need.

Suicide Awareness & Prevention: Aligned with the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), Navigate360’s comprehensive suicide prevention training prepares mental health staff to address and help a student in crisis. Through our expert-authored curriculum, staff will also gain knowledge of strategies for reducing the stigma of suicide and improving the effectiveness of prevention programs.

Behavioral Threat Assessment Training: Aligned with the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) or the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) threat assessment model, this is a two-part behavioral threat assessment training program that combines online and in-person (available live or virtual) learning to build the confidence needed to identify and properly intervene when a child is showing signs of a mental health crisis.

Behavioral Threat & Suicide Case Management: This single solution will provide your school’s mental health professionals and behavioral threat assessment team members with evidence-based case management software that allows for continuum of care documentation and analytics reporting to proactively improve outcomes for students of concern.

Navigate360 Offers Holistic Solutions that Support Students, Schools & Communities

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We know it takes more than a single solution to take care of the whole child and the schools and community that surround them, which is why we believe in solutions that work better together. From prevention all the way through response and recovery, we can provide end-to-end solutions that keep your students, teachers and staff safe.

Building a comprehensive safety plan can be a daunting task, but we are here to help. Speak with one of our safety specialists today to learn how you can maximize this additional funding to build a holistic ecosystem of whole-child safety this year.

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