It is almost that time of year again, when we go thru the long arduous task of updating our Comprehensive School Safety Plans (CSSP). Once again, the California Legislature has encouraged (not required) schools to include clear guidelines on select services that the school uses on its campuses. The objective is to create positive associations between students and members of social services and law enforcement. The funny thing is that most students (98.7%) never read the CSSP manual and neither do parents.
The guidelines should address mental health professionals, community intervention professionals, school counselors, school resource officers, and police officers if you so choose to address them at all.
As comprehensive school safety plans are reviewed and updated, the Legislature encourages all plans, to the extent that resources are available, to include clear guidelines for the roles and responsibilities of mental health professionals, community intervention professionals, school counselors, school resource officers, and police officers on school campus, if the school district uses these people. The guidelines may include primary strategies to create and maintain a positive school climate, promote school safety, and increase pupil achievement, and prioritize mental health and intervention services, restorative and transformative justice programs, and positive behavior interventions and support.