Congratulations on your participation in the Safe and Supportive Schools Grant! The Safe School Certification Program is committed to partnering with schools participating in the grant to enhance your efforts to create a safe and effective learning environment for your students.
The Certification Program runs on an academic year. To participate in the Certification Program during the 2011-2012 year, complete the Interest Form below and return it by August 1, 2011. The questions on the interest form do not reflect requirements for participation, but are merely an opportunity for Program Staff to get to know your school.
If you miss the August 1 deadline, we encourage you to submit the Interest Form anyway, as the Program may be able to admit additional schools if space is available. Program Staff will review all Interest Forms submitted, and if additional space is not available, will provide you with an assessment of your school’s current progress in the Certification process and suggestions for steps to take in preparation for participation in the Certification Program during the 2012-2013 year.
When deciding whether to participate, schools should consider the availability of a staff person who will have sufficient time to oversee implementation of the Certification Program. The time it takes for your school to become certified will depend on the extent to which your school has been going beyond basic law requirements by utilizing best practices and implementing them with fidelity. As a guideline, you should plan on the Certification Program requiring two hours per week of the designated staff person’s time.
In order to participate, schools must meet certain prerequisites. The prerequisites are the legal requirements taken directly from the Safe Schools Law. Completion of the Interest Form will help staff determine if your school meets the prerequisites. If it is determined that your school does not meet the prerequisites, Program staff will explain to you which of the legal requirements are not met and help you develop a strategy to comply with those requirements so that you may apply again next year.
Once the Interest Forms have been reviewed, Program staff will select schools that meet the prerequisites and will request will request additional documentation verifying full compliance with the prerequisites. Final selection of participants will be announced in the fall and Program Staff will begin working with the selected schools in October. Schools that apply to participate in the Certification Program during the 2011-2012 year but are not admitted will be given priority for participation during the 2012-2013 year.