California Schools Resolve to Address Needs of Traumatized Students

San Francisco Public SchoolsThe San Francisco Board of Education adopted a district-wide Safe and Supportive Schools policy that includes a significant focus on trauma-sensitive/trauma informed practices.

“February 26, 2014 (San Francisco) – At its general meeting on February 25, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a policy aimed at further improving school climate at all San Francisco Unified School District schools and reducing student suspensions.

The Safe and Supportive Schools Policy sponsored by Commissioner Matt Haney states that SFUSD is committed to addressing disproportionality and disparities in the issuance of office referrals, suspensions, expulsion referrals, and expulsions, all of which result in lost instructional time, and taking affirmative steps to support its school-site leadership, teachers, staff, and parents to support students in the classroom.”

“SFUSD has been a statewide leader in several research proven practices that have led to improvements, including Restorative Practices, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Trauma Sensitive Practices. The systemic changes underway in SFUSD have resulted in reductions in overall suspensions throughout the district by over 30 percent from 2009-2010 to 2012-2013.”

Read the SFUSD Press Release and the San Francisco Board of Education Resolution addressing the new district-wide Safe and Supportive Schools policy.



Los Angeles Unified School DistrictLos Angeles Unified School Board Recognizes the Role of Trauma in Unanimous Approval of Resolution for Creating Wellness Centers in Schools.

LA Unified passed a resolution setting up wellness centers across the district. Board Vice President Zimmer said. “We took a major step toward a transformational commitment to the health and wellness of our students and their families. Today, we recognize and reaffirm that our students cannot achieve if they are not in school. They cannot achieve if they do not feel well. They cannot achieve if they are worried about their Mom or Dad, their sister or brother. Supporting our students means investing in the health and wellness of their families. I am proud we chose to turn towards, not away, from our families today.”

Read more on this News Release on the LAUSD Website or read the entire LAUSD News Release.

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