Screening, training, and supporting school staff are foundational elements in creating safe and healthy schools. State rule requires the screening of employees and volunteers that work with students. Following screening practices creates conditions to support the hiring of mentally and emotionally healthy adults who will increase positive relationships between students and other staff. Training for school staff is essential in maintaining healthy learning environments. Training may include more than academic and pedagogical supports. It may also be information and skills to support the emotional, mental, social, and physical wellness of the staff member.
Note: All resources have been vetted by staff at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Any external sites listed with links to other web pages or documents are not part of the intended resource.
Hiring for Cultural Responsiveness – A Necessary Consideration
Child Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention
USBE Prevention and Student Services
Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC)
USBE Policy, Law and Professional Practices
Utah Student Data Privacy Educator Course
Care for the Caregiver: Guidelines for Administrators and Crisis Teams
National Association for School Psychologists (NASP)
Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Common Sense Education