Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
Niagara Falls City School District, in partnership with Niagara Falls Police Department, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and training partners, will create a threat assessment team and implement a violence prevention program that will train school personnel and educate students to prevent school violence. Over three years the project will:
Conduct threat assessments of all 11 district schools and the district’s administration building
Provide 75 teachers annually with professional development to respond to threats of violence and to prevent violence on campus
Provide approximately 60 administrators with training to respond to threats of violence prevent violence on campus
Provide classroom-based violence prevention programming for students in grades pre-K through 12
Expand the district’s Restorative Justice program to increase the number of students who have access to restorative justice practices to address bullying and other school violence.
Provide very high risk youth with mentoring opportunities
This project will increase school safety by reducing the number of violent or potentially violent incidents occurring in district schools annually, measured through use of the New York State Education Department’s Violence and Disruptive Incident Report (VADIR). The project will impact all 11 district schools, and will impact approximately 8,000 students over the three year period.