Safe and Supportive Schools Grants
- Fiscal Year 2020-2021 (FY2021) Safe and Support Schools Grants
- Fund Code (FC) 335 Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant
- Fund Code (FC) 337 Safe and Supportive Schools Continuation Grant
- Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program Evaluation
- Previous Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant Recipients
- Professional Development Opportunities - for Grantees and Others
The Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Programs (Fund Code 335 and 337) are state-funded programs, funded through state line item 7061-9612.
Most specifically, this work is intended to help districts ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy and inclusive whole-school learning environment and makes effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students' behavioral health, including social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, trauma sensitivity, dropout prevention, truancy reduction, children's mental health, foster care and homeless youth education, inclusion of students with disabilities, positive behavioral approaches that reduce suspensions and expulsions, and other similar initiatives. Schools that receive funding (through their district) under this grant program will either convene a school team, respond to the questions in the Safe and Supportive Schools Self-Assessment Tool, determine areas to prioritize for improvements, and finalize an action plan; or implement and assess progress on a previously created action plan.
The Safe and Supportive Schools Self-Assessment Tool is available for any school to use. It can be accessed by requesting a username and password by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Once completed, schools can use the following documents to complete their action and implementation plans:
Safe and Supportive Schools — Action Plan Guidance and Template
Safe and Supportive Schools — Implementation Status Update
1. Fiscal Year 2020-2021 (FY2021) Safe and Support Schools Grants
1a. Fund Code (FC) 335 Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant
Note: For more information about this grant opportunity, please see the Funding Opportunity RFP, the information below, and the slides from the informational webinar (in the webinar section).
Grant Program Purpose: The purpose of this state funded competitive grant program is to provide funding to school districts (and their selected schools) to organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments. Additionally, this grant is designed to coordinate and align student support initiatives based on their findings from completing the Safe and Supportive Schools (SaSS) Framework and Self-Reflection Tool.
The main priorities for this grant are to help ensure that each participating school creates an equitable, safe, positive, healthy, culturally-competent, and inclusive whole-school learning environment for all students, and makes effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students' behavioral health and wellness, through one of two grant applicant options:
Option One: Action Planning
These grantees will convene a school team (likely virtually this year) composed of various stakeholders (e.g., including but not limited to teachers, nurses, counselors, family members, etc.) to review and respond to the questions in the SaSS Tool.
Based on the school team's reflections informed by using the SaSS Tool, the team will identify school and district areas to prioritize for improvements related to creating safer and more supportive learning environments, and will finalize a school plan that is aligned to school and district priorities, and a district plan that supports the schools' efforts.
The SaSS action plans shall address all six sections of the SaSS Tool:
- Leadership, Infrastructure, and Culture
- Professional Learning Opportunities
- Access to Resources and Services
- Teaching and Learning that fosters Safe and Supportive Environments
- School Policies, Procedures, and Protocols
- Family Engagement
Option Two: Implementation and Mentorship/Support
These grantees will begin or continue to implement school-focused action plans (and associated district-support plans) that were created in prior year(s), i.e., during or before school year 2019-2020. The creation of those action plans must have been informed by a local self-reflection process using the SaSS/BHPS Framework and Tool.
These grantees will also serve as mentors/supports for Option One grantees, other new SaSS Tool users, schools and districts that are new to implementation, as well as the Department, Commission, and others as needed and appropriate.
1b. Fund Code (FC) 337 Safe and Supportive Schools Continuation Grant
Note: For more information about this grant opportunity, please see the Funding Opportunity RFP, and the information below.
Grant Program Purpose: The goals of this state funded safe and supportive schools continuation grant program are to:
- Help support implementation of school-wide action plans created by Fiscal Year 2019-2020 (FY2020) Fund Code 335 (FC 335) Option 1 (Action Planning) grantees in the prior year, and
- Continue, expand, or extend the implementation and mentor/support efforts by FY2020 FC 335 Option 2 (Implementation and Mentoring/Support) grantees.
These districts (and their selected schools) have worked towards organizing, integrating, and sustaining school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments. As part of this work, Option 1 grantees created action plans in FY2020 (2019-2020) based on their insights gained from completing the Safe and Supportive Schools (SaSS) Self-Reflection Tool (Tool). Schools supported through these continuation grants are also expected to incorporate these action plans into their school improvement plans developed under MGL, c. 69, s. 1I. Grantees are also strongly encouraged to consider how to align their SaSS action plans with their school reopening plans described in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (Department) Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance. Option 2 grantees created action plans in FY2019 or earlier and were awarded competitive funds in FY2020 to implement or extend these action plans. Option 2 grantees also served as mentors and/or provided support to other Tool users, the Department, the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission, or others during the 2019-2020 school year.
Eligible Districts and Maximum Funding Amounts (Option 2 grantees are indicated with an asterisk):
|Arlington Public Schools*||$7,500|
|Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School*||7,500|
|Carver Public Schools*||6,500|
|Chelsea Public Schools*||7,500|
|Concord Carlisle Regional High School||8,000|
|Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School||8,000|
|Gill-Montague Regional School District*||7,500|
|Libertas Academy Charter School||8,000|
|Milton Public Schools*||6,500|
|Monomoy Regional School District*||6,500|
|Monson Public Schools||8,000|
|North River Collaborative||8,000|
|Quabbin Regional School District||8,000|
|Quaboag Regional School District*||7,500|
|Southbridge Public Schools*||6,500|
|Swampscott Public Schools||8,000|
|Wilmington Public Schools*||6,500|
1c. Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program Evaluation
During school years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, the Department (DESE) contracted with the Research and Evaluation Department of the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) to evaluate the Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program, through a competitive Request for Response (RFR) statewide procurement process. The 2018 grant program evaluation report and 2019 evaluation report outlines themes, positive findings, and common challenges for grantees.
1d. Previous Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Recipients
FY20 | FY19 | FY18 | FY17 | FY16 | FY14 (and continuation grant recipients available upon request)
FC 335 FY2021 Competitive Grant — Informational Webinar
3. Professional Development Opportunities — for Grantees and Others
Safe and Supportive Schools & Rethinking Discipline: 2020–2021 Professional Development Calendar
When possible, these and related events are shared in the Commissioner's Weekly Update, or the Holistic Supports & Enrichment: Strengthening Social Emotional Competencies, Health & Safety Newsletter.
Materials from Statewide Convenings:
The 2020 Conference: Community, Family, and Student Engagement that Promotes Safe, Supportive, and Equitable Learning Environments was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If resources or opportunities for virtual presentations become available that would have been shared, they will be posted here.
2019 Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: Using an Equity Lens to Support All Students
This statewide convening took place in Leominster on March 27, 2019. The keynote was provided by Dr. Darnisa Amante, CEO and Founder, DEEP. A list of the breakout session titles is below and materials and resources from these workshops can be attained by emailing . email@example.com
- Trauma Informed Practices Panel
- Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students
- New Beginnings: Strategies for At-Risk Youth
- Suffolk County Sheriff's Department-Collaborative Approaches to dismantling the School to prison pipeline.
- Infusing Equity throughout All Aspects of School Operations
- Social and Emotional Practices/ Open Circle Topics for Students of Color
- Developing a system wide approach to supporting students with social/emotional/behavioral/mental health challenges though action planning
- Family Engagement Practices to Foster Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
- A Community Centered Approach to Engagement
- Understanding MA School Discipline Law: Promising Practices to End Discipline Disparities
- Supporting Social Emotional Skill Building for Young Children through PBS the Pyramid Model
- Putting Race at the Forefront
- Supporting Early Learners with Trauma-Informed Practice
- Psychosocial and Behavioral Data to Support Multi-tiered Systems of Support
- Best Practices for Educational Stability
- Grant Recipient Action Planning Implantation
Materials from the March 23, 2018 statewide convening; Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: Bringing Together Social and Emotional Learning, Trauma Sensitivity, & Positive Behavioral Approaches are also available by request.
Creating Schools that "Fit" Our Kids
The Practice Base for How We Learn
Trauma Sensitive Schools Books and Video
Last Updated: November 27, 2020