WCSD Counseling, SEL, School Police Services Awarded $7.1 Million in School Safety Grant Funding
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WCSD Counseling, SEL, School Police Services Awarded
$7.1 Million in School Safety Grant Funding
Reno, NV (October 3, 2019) – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) has been awarded more than $7.1 million under Nevada Department of Education’s School Safety program. Three programs will be supported by this funding in fiscal years 2020 and 2021: Social Workers in Schools, Social Emotional and Academic Development, and School Resource/School Police Officers.
These comprehensive school safety components provide vital resources and services every day in schools across the District. The funding is available due to Nevada Legislation SB 89 through the Nevada Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Respectful Learning Environments.
“We are grateful to our lawmakers and the Nevada Department of Education for supporting our school safety programs and the people who make a difference every day for our 64,000 students,” said Malena Raymond, vice president of the WCSD Board of Trustees. “This funding will enable our District to expand our programs and services that provide essential resources to our students and staff at school.”
“Ensuring our schools are safe, secure, supportive, and welcoming environments for students and staff is a priority for all of us in the Washoe County School District,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “I am thankful to the WCSD team and to our partners at the state for this tremendous school safety effort, and we are grateful for the generous support they are providing to our students, staff members, and families.”
“With these resources, schools will be better able to access comprehensive behavioral and mental health supports,” said Katherine Loudon, counseling coordinator for WCSD. “These essential school social workers and mental health providers will work directly with families to address barriers, find resources, and provide much needed trauma care.”
“We are excited for this opportunity to provide additional police coverage at the middle school level,” said WCSD School Police Chief Jason Trevino. “These new positions will provide additional resources to help keep our schools safe and secure. We look forward to these new officers becoming an integral part of our school communities.”
WCSD was awarded funding in three of the four categories including: Social Workers and other mental health providers - $2,064,480 each in FY 20 and FY 21; School Resource/School Police Officers - $976,431 in FY 20 and $951,185 in FY 21; and Social, Emotional, and Academic Development - $566,500 in FY 20 and $504,220 in FY 21.
Under guidelines set down by State of Nevada, the funds must be used as follows:
- Social Workers in Schools expands the funding for a state block grant established in the 2015 Legislative Session. The funding must be used to expand the number of social workers or other licensed mental health workers in the District. For WCSD this mean 50 schools will receive a safe school professional.
- Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) provides funding to support the implementation of a program to provide SEAD in schools. WCSD will use funds to support two Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coaches and two Restorative Practices Coaches which will support the District’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) program.
- School Resource/School Police Officers funding will expand the number of officers currently working to support specifically middle school students and staff members in schools. The District plans to hire eight officers with this funding.