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School Safety Cooperative Moving Forward

Join the new NWESD School Safety Cooperative and support a collaborative approach to providing school safety support for all of our member districts. Featuring an annual School Safety Conference and year around training opportunities, the CoOp also draws on expertise present in our member districts to provide coordinated support in the event an emergency overwhelms your district's resources.  School climate and culture programs will provide the basis for prevention and mitigation of high risk incidents. Student Threat Assessment support provides a proactive response to emergent student behaviors. For more information: NWESD School Safety Cooperative. 

Making Schools Safe

Our communities, parents, and takeholders expect schools to protect and nurture students to the best of their ability. The primary focus of our schools is to provide a high level of instruction, delivering content in the classroom at level well beyond the standards of just a few years ago. Providing a safe environment supports this instructional imperative. At NWESD, we are committed to helping school districts achieve the same levels of cultural security they strive for in delivering content to our students. Providing a welcoming, safe place for students is a priority for schools everywhere.  Achieving this goal involves more than traditional security and emergency preparedness. Today's schools strive to provide a nurturing environment guided by trauma-informed practices and social emotional learning systems.

Our Mission: SAFE SCHOOLSFemale firefighter showing child how to use a fire hose.

The NWESD School Safety Program offers support to districts to help maintain a focus upon instruction and develop a comprehensive, all-hazards approach to safe and secure learning environments. Our Mission is simple: SAFE SCHOOLS We focus on a wholistic approach starting with school climate and culture, and proceeding through emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

Climate and CultureSafe Schools are characterized by a climate that encourages the best practices of social emotional learning systems.  Trauma-informed approaches to discipline and classroom management encourage students to feel safe and nurtured.  Within a framework of carefully crafted policies and procedures, our schools develop positive cultures that support learning.
AttendanceChronic absenteeism, including truancy, affects the culture of our schools and, specifically, the success our our students.
DisciplineTrauma-informed interventions are rapidly replacing traditional discipline practices involving long-term out of school suspension or expulsion. 
Homeless StudentsAddressing homelessness not only improves student outcomes, but contributes to a safe school climate.
Changing a School's CultureCompassionate Schools, PBIS, OLWEUS Bullying Prevention...there are now a number of systems designed to help schools change their cultures and practices to be more sensitive to social emotional learning and trauma-informed paradigms.
Managing ThreatsThough rare, violent threats to our schools are a potential that cannot be ignored.  Through careful planning and the use of best practices, we can mitigate these threats and be prepared to respond in an orderly fashion if they do occur.
Security and Access ControlOne of the best ways to ensure a safe environment in the school setting is by securing the campus and accounting for students, staff, and guests.
Student Threat AssessmentOur "at risk" students are sometimes on a path to violence.  Monitoring this risk and providing support for better outcomes improves the culture of the school for everyone.  NWESD encourges schools to actively move toward adopting the Mid-Willamette Valley (formerly Salem-Keizer) Student Threat Assessment system.

Emergency Operations

Through careful planning and a program of ongoing drills, schools prepare for disasters, both natural and man made. This all-hazards approach is the best insurance we can have in times of need.

Emergency Operations PlansRequired by state law, these comprehensive plans provide the blueprint for preparedness, response, and recovery for an emergency at school. At their best, they are dynamic documents always being updated based lessons learned. NWESD supports the process of completing and maintaining these important documents. We also support comprehensive drills and the use of tabletop exercises to inform improved planning and response.

Regional Crisis Teams:  When emergencies happen, school districts can be overwhelmed and need assistance from other education professionals. NWESD is working toward providing this assistance in two areas...

Mental Health: This team will respond when a school district requests help to deal the emotional impact of any event that overwhelms the available mental health and counselling resources

Incident ManagementThis team will be available to provide support to districts struggling with a major event that continues to impact operations for an extended amount of time.

Emergency Management Cycle: Steps taken to eliminate or reduce the risk to people and property by lessening the impact of an event or emergency. Ideally mitigation reduces the likelihood of threats and hazards.

Prevention:  Developing the resources and skills necessary to prevent incidents before they happen.  

Preparedness:  Processes, including emergency operations plans, messaging, and effective drills, that prepare the staff, students, parents, and community to respond quickly and effectively to both manmade and natural emergencies. An all hazards approach that ensure the stakeholders are prepared for the widest possible range of emergency incidents.

Response: Internal and community capabilities necessary to stablize an emergency. The goal is to establish a safe environment where the needs of all people affected by the emergency are addressed in an effective and thoughtful manner.

Recovery:  Internal and community capabilities necessary to restoring assist schools affected by an event or emergency in restoring the learning environment*


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