• School safety and the overall well-being of our students have always been a priority for the district, and we know it’s also important to you. Therefore, the district’s Safe and Healthy School Commission held a virtual safety forum to discuss how we can improve our students’ safety and emotional well-being. 

    Students, families, and community members had productive dialogue and shared their input and recommendations to improve the safety within our district. The Commission will then take the feedback from these meetings to the Board of Trustees to bring about changes to our schools. 

    Below are the PowerPoint presentations for each of the breakout sessions that were held, as well as the contact information for additional resources.

    Track One: 

    Guns and Cars: How to protect your students from two leading causes of death 

    Gun Safety and Suicide Prevention - Presented by Chris Empey Washoe County Juvenile Services, cempey@washoecounty.gov

    Zero teen fatalities - Presented by Mark Hill Washoe County Juvenile Services.  Visit zeroteenfatalities.com or email infor@zeroteenfatalities.com

    This session will discuss the two leading mortality causes for youth. Experts will also address the increased misdemeanor rate for youth drivers during the pandemic as well as recent legislative changes surrounding unlicensed drivers. This session will also include tips on proper gun safety protocols.  

    How to talk to your child about suicide - Presented by Misty Vaughan Allen and Emma White, Office of Suicide Prevention

    Experts from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services will discuss resources for those in crisis, how to recognize the basic issues that lead to suicide and how to tailor discussions for different age groups and cultural backgrounds. 

    Parent's Guide to Youth Mental Health in Nevada

    Guía para los padres de jóvenes sobre la salud mental en Nevada

    Track Two: 

    What parents need to know about Fentanyl 

    Experts from the Washoe County Sherriff’s Office will discuss the dangers and concerns surrounding fentanyl and other emerging drugs as well as their connection to the mental health of our students.  

    Mental Health Literacy 

    WCSD counselors discuss general mental health awareness, when to seek outside support, as well as resources within the Washoe County School District and the larger community.