FY15 Substance Abuse Prevention / School Safety Funding Update and Guidance
During the 2014 legislative session funding was allocated to implement substance abuse prevention measures and school safety improvements in Idaho public schools through House Bill 640. These dedicated funds will be distributed on a formula basis (every district and public charter school can receive an allocation). The requirements to receive these funds include completing and submitting a simple application, which is detailed below.
FY15 funding formula
Total funding available: approximately $2,165,700.00
All districts and public charter schools receive a base amount of $2,000 plus a prorated amount based on the prior year’s average daily attendance (approximately $6.36 per student).
Funding application components
2013/2014 average daily attendance
School safety lead for the district- person most responsible (name, title, contact information)
Safety committee membership (or plan to establish a committee) and meeting frequency
Description of objective data reviewed that informed budget proposal. Data examples include: threat assessments, student surveys, discipline policy violations, juvenile arrest information, emergency operation plan reviews, etc…
Proposed budget categories
Staff (including title, FTE and cost)
Training / Professional Development
Other (description required)
Allowable expenditures include: activities and items directly related to substance abuse prevention or school safety improvements such as:
Student programs (Idaho Drug Free Youth, Natural Helpers, Student Assistance Programs, Toward No Drugs, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Kindness Campaigns, Sources of Strength, etc…)
Personnel focused on school safety (Truancy Officers, School Resource Officers, Prevention Specialists, counselors, etc…)
Training focused on school safety (School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, School Climate Improvement, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Operations, etc…)
Supplies / equipment related to school safety (emergency communication devices, access control measures, surveillance tools, monitoring software, etc…)
A report of actual expenditures and a brief description of the effectiveness of the strategies implemented will be collected at the end of the 2014/2015 school year.
May 27, 2014- webinar on school safety funding guidance conducted and archived
June 6, 2014- application for funding released
October 17, 2014- applications for funding due
Questions regarding any aspect of this funding opportunity should be directed to
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.
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.
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
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.