Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $873,649)
The Camden County Educational Services Commission (CCESC) proposes to secure a robust combination of technology resources to improve safety in New Jersey’s high-poverty, high-crime Abbott Districts. The New Jersey Stop School Violence Initiative (NJSSVI) includes the following safety solutions: an Anonymous Reporting System (ARS), Incident Monitoring and Emergency Incident Management Services (IMS), a digital library of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) resources, and training and professional development components. Former Abbott districts are 31 NJ public school districts covered by a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that found education provided to certain schools around the State inadequate and unconstitutional. The State was ordered to provide these districts with adequate constitutional education through comprehensive programs and reforms. Despite efforts to advance equity in these districts, they are persisitent pockets of poverty and crime in New Jersey. NJSSVI will bring much-needed resources to 15 of these districts. In the 2018-2019 school year, these 15 districts reported 775 incidences of violence plus 73 additional events where students were found with weapons at school. CCESC has undergone a competitive RFP process and identified a provider that can provide the following services: Anonymous reporting service for 15 districts serving 54,000 students Incident monitoring service for 15 districts serving 54,000 students Provide training for students, parents, community members, and school staff. Provide social-emotional learning (SEL) online tools and resources for school staff.