- Welcome to ...
- 21st Century After School
- Bully Free Montana
- Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
- Driver's Education
- Emergency Planning & Safety
- Health Care Needs
- HIV/AIDS/STD Program
- Mental Health
- Montana Team Nutrition Program
- Professional Learning & Resources
- School Health Profiles
- School Nutrition Programs
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training Act
- Tobacco Use Prevention
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Health Enhancement and Safety Division
The Health Enhancement and Safety Division supports schools and communities through programs designed to promote health, increase safety, and improve nutrition in Montana schools.
This Division provides resources designed to prevent major health problems and health-risk behaviors among youth and to help Montana students reach their full potential.
Montana Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Act
The Montana Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Act was passed by the Montana Legislature in 2015. The Act directs the Montana Office of Public Instruction to provide training and technical assistance to schools in Montana about youth suicide awareness and prevention training.
Miss the Asthma Management Webinar? Catch it Online.
Announcing: IAQ Training, Expertise and Mentorship Whenever You Want It!
The Indoor Air Quality Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series is available for online streaming.
This meeting will be recorded. The recording and slides will be posted on our website:
http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/webinars. It may take up to two weeks for the recording to be posted.
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
- AAHPERD Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
- Big Sky Fit Kids
A FREE three-month long nutrition and activity program for kids!
- The U.S. Department of Education (Department) has issued an important policy clarification document that will have positive impacts on physical education programming for students with disabilities. Creating Equal Opportunities for Children and Youth to Participate in Physical Education and Extracurricular Athletics
- CSPAP:School Activity Guide (CDC
- CSPAP: Framework (CDC)
- CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
- Eat to Be Fit Informational Handouts
- Shape Montana (Mt AHPERD)
- Obesity - HEALTH CARE NEEDS
- Oral Health
- School Wellness
Get 60 Minutes
Did you know that less than half of youth get the recommended 60 minutes of daily vigorous to moderate-level physical activity? A new interactive infographic from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shows how students can meet those requirements, based on recommendations from the 2013 IOM report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.
Emergency Planning and Safety
Montana School Emergency Management Planning Grant Summary
In October, 2014 the US Department of Education awarded Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) the “School Emergency Management Program” grant. The grant runs from October 1, 2014 through March, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to create comprehensive emergency management trainings, on-line modules, and technical assistance for public and private schools across Montana.
Senate Bill 348 passed during the 2013 state legislature states schools must create a “safety plan” (emergency management plan), have it certified by their board of trustees, and notify the OPI that a plan is in place. This new grant will allow the OPI to bring together entities who have historically assisted schools with these plans including, but not limited to, the Department of Military Affairs-Disaster and Emergency Services, Homeland Security, and the Montana Safe Schools Center. Working together, all of these entities will share their resources and expertise to provide information and training to school districts for developing and enhancing high-quality Emergency Operations Plans.
If you have any questions, please call either Tracy Moseman, Coordinated School Health Unit Director 444.3000, or Amanda Domino, Project Coordinator, 444.1964.
An interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.
Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
MBI is a proactive approach in creating behavioral supports and a social culture that establishes social, emotional, and academic success for all students.
Montana Safe Schools Training Center
MSSC is a non-profit organization entirely funded through grants and consultation fees with P/K-12 schools, university collaborations and community agency partnerships. Our fees are negotiable based on the needs and resources of the school as well as appropriate travel costs. In the majority of cases, we are able to partner with schools through existing grants or in future grant seeking.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Guide to Safe Schools
Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities identify these warning signs early and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans.
Offers resources to create and implement a positive school playground environment to prevent physical violence.
Safe Start Center Toolkit for Schools
Safe Start Center's Toolkit for Schools is a collection of resources for school administrators and teachers to learn more about the prevalence and negative consequences of children's exposure to violence and how they can help.
Take 25 Campaign Encourages Children's Safety
The Take 25 Campaign encourages parents, educators, and communities to take 25 minutes to talk to children about ways to stay safe, focuses on prevention, and provides FREE tools and resources to help initiate an ongoing dialogue about safety with the children in your community.
The Good Behavior Game
Invented by a 4th grade teacher, Muriel Saunders, from Baldwin, KS in 1967, the Good Behavior Game is unique in the scientific literature, in that it can be adopted by an individual teacher, and produce lifetime results in reducing mental illness and substance abuse—while increasing high school graduation and college entry.
U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students Center for School Preparedness
Provides support, resources, grants and training to support emergency management efforts for local educational agencies and institutions of higher education.
- Creating and Updating School Emergency Plans
Provides free tools and education programs to help schools plan how to prepare in an emergency event.
- Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools.
This guide offers research-based practices designed to assist school communities to identify warning signs early on and develop prevention, intervention and crisis response plans.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Disaster Response Template Toolkit Includes Customizable Resources –Behavioral Health Information Series contains themed installments of resources and toolkits in disaster behavioral health. Each installment focuses on a specific population, disaster type, or other topic pertinent to disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery. To download and learn more about DBHIS resources visit DBHIS Templates and DBHIS resources.
Ready Montana is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Community Service that seeks to increase the preparedness of Montana families, neighborhoods, and communities for disasters and emergencies of all types. Resources for the classroom are available. Discover how you can help to prepare your students, family, and community by visiting ready.mt.gov.
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
- Child & Family Services Division
The division provides state and federally mandated protective services to children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned.
- Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
MCADSV represents over 50 programs across Montana that provide direct services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children.
- National Crime Prevention Council
Features tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies.
- Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Guide for Schools
A one-page fact sheet for professionals if they suspect possible abuse or neglect: when to report, what to report, what to expect after you report. The Child Abuse Hotline (24 hour Toll Free Number) is included.
Health Care Needs
- Enterovirus EV-D68 Recommendations
- CDC Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- Resources on the Measles Virus for Schools, Students, Staff and Families
- DPHHS Reports on Influenza Activity
- Information for Parents - Pre-Teen Vaccines
- Montana Asthma Control Program
- MT Department of Health Immunization Information for Schools
- Montana Diabetes Project
- Native Americans are at greater risk for complications from influenza, including H1N1
- New infection control posters and informational materials are available
- Teens and Immunization Fact Sheet
CDC provides information about the current influenza season, including information about vaccines, vaccination recommendations and disease activity. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/
How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of Flu . This guide gives K–12 schools tips on how to clean to help slow the spread of seasonal flu. A Spanish version is also available.
This message was forwarded by the Division of Adolescent and School Health, NCCDPHP, CDC. Visit the DASH Web site
Resources on the Measles Virus for Schools, Students, Staff and Families
The Office of Public Instruction has compiled a resource page from the Centers for Disease Control and other sources, on the measles outbreak. The page contains links to a variety of sources providing information on the disease itself, vaccination protocol, prevention practices, emergency plans for schools, and training in the event a school is hit with a massive disease event.
From the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Dept of Education: OCR published a fact sheet in March, 2015 entitled “Addressing the Risk of Measles in Schools while Protecting the Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities" The fact sheet addresses how school officials can implement measles recommendations and resources. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention without discriminating on the basis of disability, particularly in the case of students who are medically unable to receive a vaccine because of a disability, and explains what school officials must do to ensure a continuity of learning if a student is legitimately excluded from school. In addition, yesterday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letterand a resources sheetto school superintendents sharing valuable information related to measles, including steps schools can take to raise awareness of measles and measles vaccination policies and best practices that schools can implement to address the spread of infectious disease. Both of these documents and additional resources on measles can be found at HERE.
School Closure Reporting
School Meal Service Policies and Forms
- USDA Policy Memo Responding to School Closings for H1N1 Outbreaks
- USDA Policy Memo School Closings for H1N1 Outbreaks Questions and Answers
- USDA Policy Memo School Dismissals for H1N1 Outbreaks: Questions and Answers Edition #2
- School Meal Service Waiver Request for School Dismissal
- Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits for Children Certified as Eligible to Receive Free and Reduced Price School Lunch During School Closures
The program is designed to prevent the spread of HIV infection, and to expand and strengthen the capacity of local education agencies to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of health education, including HIV/STD education.
Program priorities are:
- Policy - Promote LEA adoption of HIV/STD policies consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
- Curriculum - Assist LEAs in developing, strengthening and implementing planned, sequential, skills-based comprehensive school health curricula intended to prevent behaviors that will result in HIV/STD infection. Curricula should conform to accepted practice guidelines and have credible evidence of effectiveness in impacting the behaviors that place young people at risk of HIV infection.
- Teacher Training - Provide staff development for teachers to acquire the skills they need for effectively delivering skills-based health education curriculum.
- Classroom Implementation - Work toward the effective delivery of HIV/STD curricula and the integration of HIV/STD prevention education within the context of coordinated school health education in the classroom.
- Efforts Targeting Youth in High-Risk Situations - Develop the capacity for schools, alternative schools and other agencies to provide education for preventing important health-risk behaviors among indigent youth, minority youth, youth with special education needs and other youth in high-risk situations, including staff development for those who work with youth in high-risk situations.
- Involvement of Young People - Involve youth in planning, implementing and evaluating HIV/STD prevention efforts to help assure that program efforts address the needs of youth.
- Data Collection - Conduct surveys to establish the health risk behaviors of youth, and to determine the implementation level of coordinated school health education.
- Evaluation - Assess the work plan for school-based HIV prevention education at regular intervals.
- Resources on the Bully Free Montanawebpage include: model policies and procedures for schools, sample investigation and reporting forms, actions students can take if they are being bullied or cyber-bullied, tips for parents to help them recognize bullying and ways schools can assess the effectiveness of their bullying prevention and intervention efforts. Go to http://opi.mt.gov/bullyfree to check out the resources.
- LGBT Health
- Stop Cyberbullying
The Office of Public Instruction's HIV/AIDS Teacher Trainings are FREE 5-6 hour educational opportunities for K-12 teachers, administrators and school staff. The training is often scheduled as a PIR day by the professional development committee in your school. The trainings are offered for renewal units toward education re-licensure.
A training will include an HIV/AIDS "101," Policy for Infected Students/Staff, Education and Work Site Safety issues, Blood borne Pathogen and Universal Precaution guidelines, Human Sexuality, Reasons for Abstinence and Age-Appropriate HIV/AIDS/STD Teaching Strategies for use within a K-12 comprehensive school health program.
If you would like to arrange a training at your school please contact Susan Court at 406-444-3178 or email@example.com
- Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
- Connections Between Bullying and Other Types of Violence Webinar
- School-family partnership strategies to enhance children’s social, emotional, and academic growth
- Mental Health Crisis Phone No.
- Mental Health.Gov
- Middle School Body Image Curriculum
- Montana DPHHS Children’s Mental Health
- Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
- SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
- Suicide Prevention
- Lifeline Online Postvention Manual
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey
- Injury Burden Report: Opportunities for Prevention in Montana
This report provides an overview of the burden of injury in Montana and includes information on selected unintentional injuries, suicide, and sexual violence.
- Suicide in Montana: Facts, Figures and Formulas for Preventi
- Youth Suicide in the US - A Fact Sheet for Schools
Contact: Erin Butts, School Mental Health Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 406.444.0688.
Professional Learning & Resources
Health enhancement strengthens the capacity of local school districts to plan, design, implement, and evaluate health and physical education, also assisting with the review of accreditation standards at the local district level, and development of teacher preparation standards in Montana's higher education system.
Curricula, Activities, and Toolkits
- K-12 Montana Model Lesson Plans
- Healthy Body Image
- Bullying Prevention Toolkit
- Mind and Body - Activities for the Elementary Classroom
- Get 60 Minutes
- Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit
- K-12 HIV/AIDS Teaching Activities
- Native American Prevention Project Level I Instructor Manual
- Native American Prevention Project Level I Youth Manual
- Native American Prevention Project Level II Instructor Manual
- Native American Prevention Project Level II Youth Manual
Health Enhancement Resources
- Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
- Healthy Youth Online (CDC)
- Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
- Sexuality Education in Health Enhancement
- HIV/AIDS Frequently Asked Questions
- HIV and Montana Students
- Infectious Disease Workshop
- LGBT Health
- Stop Cyberbullying
Health Enhancement Standards
- Montana Health Enhancement Standards
- Montana and National Standards
- Principal's Guide to Health Enhancement Standards
- Student Assessment in Health Enhancement
- Health Enhancement Standards Posters
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
This two-day, highly interactive, and practice-oriented workshop is for caregivers who want to feel comfortable, confident, and competent in preventing the immediate risk of suicide.
- Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
MBI establishes social, emotional, and academic success for all students through creating behavioral supports and a healthy social culture.
- National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
This is a searchable online registry of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion preventions
This interactive, educational program from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides resources to help children learn how to be safe online. Designed for ages 5-17, this program teaches through videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.
- OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program
Intended for students in elementary and middle schools (ages 5-15), is a school-wide approach that provides additional individualized interventions for students identified as bullying others or as targets of bullying. It can be effective in high schools with adaptation.
- Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students (Project SUCCESS)
Project SUCCESS is designed to prevent and reduce substance abuse among students 12-18 years of age.
- The Good Behavior Game
Invented by a 4th grade teacher in 1967, this game is unique in its scientific literature and that it can be adopted by an individual teacher to reduce mental illness and substance abuse, while increasing graduation rates and college entry.
- What Works Clearinghouse
WWC is a resource for informed education decision making based on credible and reliable program, policy, or project evidence.
- Montana Prevention Needs Assessment Survey
The Montana Prevention Needs Assessment Survey focuses on four domains: community, family, school and individual/peer. The survey is designed to assess adolescent substance use, antisocial behavior, and the risk and protective factors that predict these adolescent problem behaviors.
- Montana County Health Assessment Reports
Extensive data on demographics, health status indicators and health resource assessments for each county.
School Health Profiles
The School Health Profiles helps state and district education and health agencies monitor the current status of school health education; school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco use prevention, unintentional injuries and violence, physical activity, and food service; physical education; asthma management activities; and family and community involvement in school health programs. State and local education and health agencies conduct the survey biennially at the middle/junior high school and senior high school levels in their states or districts, respectively.
Substance Abuse Prevention
Alcohol Can Lead to Increased Risk for Injury
Alcohol use puts people at risk for sustaining an injury, from motor vehicle crashes (MVCs), falls, firearm injuries, and violence and suicide. Furthermore, the more alcohol consumed, the greater the risk of injury.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Coalition Institute.
As a vehicle for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building, CADCA's National Coalition Institute works continually to help America's community anti-drug coalitions get smarter faster. CADCA administers the Institute with a grant through the Drug-Free Communities Support Act.
http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com , they have published Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine , which lists steps parents can take to keep their teens drug free.
Above The Influence (Office of National Drug Control Policy – ONDCP)
It's a state of mind. It's about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that's negative influence. And if you're one of the teens who want to stay above it, you've come to the right spot.
Montana Department of Justice – Prescription Drug Abuse – Invisible Epidemic
Montana's deadliest drugs aren't made in secret labs and they don't always come from dealers on the corner. They're in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans – making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined.
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
Montana Prevention Resource Center
A comprehensive website providing information on local, state and federal prevention agencies; prevention websites, children's advocacy organizations, organizations focused on special education, professional organizations pertaining to children, organizations focused on suicide prevention, and more.
Parent Power: The Power to Prevent Underage Alcohol Use
This site provides parents with information and tools to help them have open and ongoing conversations with their preteen and teen children about the dangers of underage alcohol use. The site also includes information about "risk factors" that increase children's risk of using alcohol.
Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students)
is designed to prevent and reduce substance use among students 12 to 18 years of age. The program was originally developed for students attending alternative high schools who are at high risk for substance use and abuse due to poor academic performance, truancy, discipline problems, negative attitudes toward school, and parental substance abuse.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA is a federal agency whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American's communities. SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula and block grant programs and data collection activities. The website provides comprehensive information on prevention of substance abuse and mental illness, trauma, health reform, recovery support in relation to behavioral illness, and more.
The Drug Guide
The Drug Guide is a comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information, including drug descriptions, slang terms, short term- and long term- effects, images, federal classifications and more.
The Partnership at Drugfree
The website provides everything a parent might need to know concerning teens and drugs. It includes information on the drugs themselves, on signs and symptoms of drug use, it provides parenting advice, and a host of resources for parents of teens
|The Medicine Abuse ProjectIncludes FREE Educator Resources including brochures, posters, a curriculum and more.|
Youth Substance Abuse and Violence Assessment Report October 2011
This report examines key findings relative to school environment and student behavior regarding substance abuse, bullying and safety.
Tobacco Use Prevention and Education
The Montana Office of Public Instruction School Tobacco Use Prevention and Education program provides technical assistance and resources to Montana school districts through coordination with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The purpose of the program is to:
- Expand and strengthen the capacity of local education agencies to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use in coordination with the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
- Provide technical assistance to public schools by promoting compliance of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act and in the development of comprehensive tobacco free school policies.
Comprehensive Tobacco Free Policy for School Districts in Montana
A Guide to Comprehensive Tobacco Free School Policy – A Resource for Montana Schools 2012
Media Literacy (To download the following information please go to OPI's main website www.opi.mt.gov Subscribe on ITunes)
Introduction to Media Literacy
Discussion Guides 101, 2, 3, & 4
Media Examples 1, 2, 3, & 4
Prezi created by Rob Reynolds, Technology & Learning Coordinator, Eureka Public Schools
medialiteracytoolbox.com Download Media Literacy Kits from their toolbox
National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC)
- CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
Includes: Guidelines for School Health Program to Prevent Tobacco Use and Addiction, data/statistics, science-based strategies, program information, and publications.
- CDC Youth Tobacco Prevention
Includes youth prevention materials for download.
My Last Dip offers programs to help chewing tobacco users quit, including one specially designed for chewers age 14-25.
National Spit Tobacco Education Network (NSTEP), Oral Health America's National Spit Tobacco Education Program, has both print and video materials available on the dangers of spit tobacco.
Supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians, targets fourth- and fifth-graders with an award-winning education program and poster contest. Classroom presentations and program guides are available for teachers and presenters, as well as posters and merchandise.
Tobacco Free U, from the BACCHUS Network, provides resources and information for college students working on tobacco prevention and policies.