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Florida is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for Florida, including a list of grants the State and its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; related news articles; and grantee highlights demonstrating community efforts.

Grants Received

State Grant Programs

Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program falls under ESSA, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. States receive funds in the form of block grants and then fund local education agencies. To learn more, visit NCSSLE’s Title IV, Part A, SSAE Program page.

Project AWARE

In 2014, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) received a Project AWARE grant through the Now is the Time initiative. FLDOE uses this 5-year grant to 1) train adults on responding to mental health issues when interacting with school-aged youth, 2) connect children, youth and families who may require support to appropriate mental health services, and 3) implement Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid in State and local training programs. For more information about this grant, go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/nitt-ta/project-aware-grant-information.

Healthy Transitions

In 2014, the Florida Department of Children and Families received a Healthy Transitions grant. This 5-year grant program is designed to help improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16-25 years old, who are at high risk of developing a serious mental or behavioral health condition. The goal of the program is to expand services and supports that are culturally competent and youth guided, improve cross-system collaboration, and increase public awareness of available resources and strategies for identifying early indications of serious mental health and substance use conditions among youth and young adults. To learn more, about this grant go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-017.

School Climate Transformation

In 2014, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) received a School Climate Transformation grant. With this 5-year grant, FLDOE is developing state-wide support systems and providing technical assistance to local educational agencies and schools on implementing evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral frameworks. The primary goal is to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. To find out more about this grant go to: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatesea/index.html.

Local Educational Agency and District Grant Programs

Project Prevent

In 2014, Hillsborough County Public Schools and the School Boards of Miami-Dade and Sarasota received a Project Prevent grant. They have used this 5-year grant to help their schools increase capacities for identifying, assessing, and serving students exposed to pervasive violence. The award helps ensure that affected students are offered mental health services for trauma or anxiety. The award also supports the implementation of other school-based violence prevention strategies that reduce the likelihood of future violence. To find out more about this grant, go to: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/projectprevent/index.html.

School Climate Transformation

In 2014, Duval County Public Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Nassau District School Board, the School Board of Polk County, and the School Board of Broward County received a School Climate Transformation grant. With this 5-year grant, schools are developing support systems and providing technical assistance to schools on implementing evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral frameworks. The primary goal is to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. To find out more about this grant go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatelea/index.html.

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling

The Columbia County School District, the School District of Palm Beach County, and the School Board of Miami-Dade received funding through the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant program. This 3-year grant helped schools expand the capacity of their school mental health services by 1) hiring qualified mental health professionals and 2) supporting parental involvement and school staff professional development to increase their capacities for collaborating with mental health community-based service providers. For more information about this grant, go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/elseccounseling/index.html.

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Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

20098.2,7.7
20117.2,7.4
20137.1,6.9
20157.3,6.0
20178.4,6.0
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Indicator 1: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Had Been Threatened or Injured with a Weapon (For Example, a Gun, Knife, or Club) on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property
YearFloridaUS
20098.27.7
20117.27.4
20137.16.9
20157.36.0
20178.46.0

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

200910.5,11.1
201110.2,12.0
20138.1,8.1
20157.6,7.8
20177.9,8.5
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Indicator 2: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Having Been in a Physical Fight on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Involved in Physical Fight on School Property
YearFloridaUS
200910.511.1
201110.212.0
20138.18.1
20157.67.8
20177.98.5

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

200921.8,22.7
201122.9,25.6
201320.0,22.1
201518.4,21.7
201717.0,19.8
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Indicator 3: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported that they Were Offered, Sold, or Given an Illegal Drug by Someone on School Property During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property
YearFloridaUS
200921.822.7
201122.925.6
201320.022.1
201518.421.7
201717.019.8

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

200911.6,15.8
201112.1,15.8
201313.9,17.0
201513.8,17.7
201713.8,17.2
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Indicator 4: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide
YearFloridaUS
200911.615.8
201112.115.8
201313.917.0
201513.817.7
201713.817.2

Indicator 5: Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity

201117.5,13.8
201318.7,15.2
201519.9,14.3
201722.2,15.4
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Indicator 5: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Not Participating in at Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity that Increased Their Heart Rate and Made Them Breathe Hard Some of the Time on at Least 1 Day During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity
YearFloridaUS
201117.513.8
201318.715.2
201519.914.3
201722.215.4

Indicator 6: Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey

20118.1,5.7
20139.4,6.6
20159.6,6.7
201710.0,7.2
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Indicator 6: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Did Not Eat Vegetables (e.g., Green Salad, Potatoes [Excluding French Fries, Fried Potatoes, or Potato Chips], Carrots, or Other Vegetables) During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey
YearFloridaUS
20118.15.7
20139.46.6
20159.66.7
201710.07.2

Grantee Highlights

Provides Hillsborough County Public School’s Multi-tiered System of Supports - Response to Intervention (MTSS-RtI) Department- with a framework and process to ensure students have an opportunity to receive multi-tiered instruction/interventions within the general education environment with fidelity. The district’s framework incorporates a problem solving process for ensuring quality instruction and school-wide behavior supports are delivered to ALL students.