Safe & Drug Free Schools
FY16 Substance Abuse Prevention/School Safety Funding Available in August, 2015

FY16 Funding Formula: All districts and public charter schools are eligible to receive a base amount of $2,000 plus a proorated amount based on the prior year's average daily attendance (approximately $13.00 per student).

Additional information regarding webinars and the application release will be posted when dates are finalized.

Questions regarding any aspect of 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.

PDF Icon FY 2014 Safe School 300 Report Expenditure Summary
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.

House Bill 640 full text Link
PDF Icon SDFS funding 2015

FY15 Safe and Drug Free Schools Funding Application

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

  • Assurances
  • District information
  • 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)
    • Supplies
    • Equipment
    • Training / Professional Development
    • Travel
    • Contract
    • 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.
  • Timing
    • 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 Matt McCarter.

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