Safe & Drug Free Schools
FY 16 Substance Abuse Prevention/School Safety Funding Application

During the 2015 legislative session, funding was allocated to implement substance abuse prevention measures and school safety improvements in Idaho public schools through Senate Bill 1186. These dedicated funds will be distributed on a formula basis: $2,000 plus a prorated amount based on the prior year’s average daily attendance (approximately $13.00 per student). All districts and public charter schools are eligible to receive these funds.

The FY16 Funding Application will be released by the end of August, 2015.

PDF Icon Senate Bill 1186 full text

Questions regarding this funding opportunity should be directed to Matt McCarter at, or 208-332-6961.


FY 2014 Safe School $300/Support Unit Expenditure Report Summary

Idaho Code 33-1002(2)(r)- Annual Allocation for Safe Environment provides for the allocation of $300 per support unit from the distribution factor" for the support of provisions that provide a safe environment conducive to student learning and maintain classroom discipline." Section 30 of Senate Bill 1200, 2013 Legislative Session, required schools to submit a report to the SDE showing, among other things, how the funds were expended. These reports have been compiled to provide a summary of safe school expenditures statewide.

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The Idaho Youth Prevention Survey

The Idaho Youth Prevention Survey, a collaborative effort by the Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP), the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and the Idaho Department of Education, was administered in March 2014 to assist in development of a state substance abuse prevention plan using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model.

The findings highlighted in this Executive Summary provide a basis for understanding behaviors and attitudes of Idaho youth, with respect to the topics examined. Several of the topics include Bullying, Harassment, Suicide Prevention, School Climate, Parental Attitudes and Substance Abuse.

The survey was administered in the Spring of 2014 to 12,650 students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12.

PDF Icon Youth Prevention Survey

Welcome to the State Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools (SDFS) program. SDFS exists to build on the strengths of Idaho students and school personnel in establishing safe, positive learning environments before, during and after school. Students are far more likely to realize their academic and life skills potential in a supportive school climate that is safe and free from violence, drugs and alcohol. SDFS provides technical assistance, guidance and support for parents, schools and communities to most effectively address youth risk behaviors.

Since 1996 SDFS programs in Idaho school districts had been funded through dedicated state and federal title IVA funds. As a result of declining state revenue and shifting federal priorities both state and federal funding streams for SDFS were eliminated in 2009/2010.

The underlying premise of this work is the belief that every school in Idaho has the potential to create a healthy, safe and drug free climate in which all students succeed.

Parental Resource

The SDFS program is part of a statewide effort to engage parents in reducing underage drinking in Idaho. The following website serves as the statewide repository of information and ideas for parents to build meaningful relationships with their children:

SDFS Primary Program Objectives
  • Develop age appropriate comprehensive drug education and prevention programs involving parents, schools and community.
  • Provide a school environment that is a safe and drug-free place for students to learn and for adults to work.
  • Enhance interwoven prevention and awareness activities that assist in the development of risk/ protective factors, life skills, and build on developmental assets.
Prevention Strategies

Research has identified several strategies that prevent the involvement of young people in drug use, violence and other harmful behaviors. In implementing prevention efforts for youth, a multi-pronged approach including the following should be employed:

  • Provide accurate, timely information on consequences, alternatives and supports
  • Provide life skills training including peer mentoring and refusal skills
  • Provide supervised, alternative activities that promote healthy decision making
  • Involve the community in designing and implementing strategies
Comprehensive Programs

School districts are encouraged to use "Principles of Effectiveness" to develop comprehensive substance abuse and violence prevention programs designed to meet the needs of all students.

Components for Comprehensive Program:
  • Staffing- Dedicated personnel assigned to oversee and coordinate prevention activities.
  • Curriculum - Prevention programs implemented and taught in classroom setting during the school day.
  • Non-Curriculum - Activities that emphasize and reinforce prevention programs before and after school and during lunch.
  • Peer-Delivered - Youth-led activities, such as mentoring, peer mediation, cross-age teaching, and Natural Helpers.
  • Intervention - Services or activities that provide help for struggling students, such as Student Assistance Programs (SAP), counseling, and drug/alcohol assessments.
  • Parent/Community - Awareness/educational prevention and parenting skills programs.
  • Special Events - Assemblies, presentations, and activities that reinforce ongoing prevention efforts.
Important Documents
PDF Icon Harassment on School Campuses Manual
PDF Icon Training-Manual Current-Legal-Issues
PDF Icon Children Of Incarcerated Parents-Toolkit