MA DESE announced grant awards for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY18) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612). The primary goal of the grant program is to support districts and their selected schools to organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments, and coordinate and align student support initiatives. Districts and schools use the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool to develop their plans. The Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool are in the process of being revised by the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission to serve as the Safe & Supportive Schools Framework and Self- Assessment Tool.
Grant recipients were eligible to apply to use the funds for one of two categories: Category A: to convene school and district-based teams to use the BHPS Self-Assessment Tool and create school and district action plans based on the results; or Category B: for former BHPS Self-Assessment Tool users (that have already created school and district action plans) to use funds to now implement their action plans.
A total of 17 districts and their selected schools will receive funds through the two categories described above to create safe, supportive and welcoming school environments.
To view the list of selected grantees, please click here.