Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,000,000)
Napa County Office of Education and a broad consortium of school, law enforcement and community-based partners propose a project to improve the safety of Napa County schools. The purpose is to reduce school violence in Napa County by more effectively preventing and responding to potential threats, including bullying, cyberbullying, fighting, weapon use, gang violence, sexual violence and self-harm. To realize this goal, Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) will establish a multi-disciplinary County Health and School Safety Coalition. The Coalition will develop standardized emergency response practices using common language and tools to improve communication and respond to emergencies. The Coalition will also identify and address safety needs and work with community partners to provide resources to students and families. In conjunction with this work, the Coalition will support each of Napa’s 6 districts to adopt a coordinated approach to Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA), which will include developing and sustaining multi-disciplinary school-based teams; providing training to students, staff parents and community members; and adopting a digital platform to track student data. Outcomes will be measured using student discipline records, suspension data and California Healthy Kids Survey Data, and will include a reduction in the number of suspensions involving violence or weapons possession in Napa County and an increase in student perception of their ability to speak up for school safety.