Safe & Drug Free Schools
Safe and Drug Free Schools provided funding during the summer of 2011 to provide Summer School programming for 6th and 7th grade middle school students who were suspended for a physical fight or assault during the 2010-2011 school year. Four hundred forty-one 6th and 7th grade students were suspended for committing at least one physical fight or assault, with 30 of those students identified as habitual with 3 or more suspensions for fighting or assault. The majority of students, 411, committed 1 or 2 physical fights or assault.
Three agencies and one alternative middle school submitted proposals to provide summer programming that included conflict resolutions skills, anger management skills and service learning opportunities. Those agencies were PACE, Sequel Care, Geez Louise and McKee Alternative School (MAC). Programs ranged from 4 weeks to 10 weeks and varied the number of days per week and hours per day in session as determined by the program. SUCCESS case managers at the middle schools and MAC staff referred 52 students to the summer program from the list of students who had been suspended for fighting or assault and 31 students were served. Lack of transportation and lack of interest by students and families were the two biggest reasons why students did not follow through with the referral to the program.
During the 2011-2012 school year participants had a total of 22 suspensions for physical fighting. Seventeen of the 31 students reduced their number of physical fights from the previous year (2010-11SY), indicating a 55% improvement in behavior. Of the 31 original participants, 2012-2013 data was available for 26 students who had a total of 12 suspensions for physical fighting. Four students transferred to another school district. Eighteen of these students were not involved in any physical altercation during the 2012-13 school year. 2013-2014 data was available to 26 participants who had a total of 9 incidents. Eighteen of these students had not physical altercation incidents during the 2013-2014 school year.