The Northside ISD Safe Schools Initiatives Program provides overall support, expertise, and leadership to foster safer schools and healthier students. The SSI Program provides training, resources and counseling prevention and intervention services to establish a school/community environment which is physically and emotionally safe, well disciplined, and conducive to learning.
Alcohol and Drug Prevention
Our goal is to provide many opportunities to educate staff, students, and families on how to prevent and offer early intervention in youth alcohol and drug use. Make the school environment safer by promoting norms to decrease the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Build the capacity of substance abuse prevention programs and services across all grade levels. Reduce risk factors and increase protective factors among our students and families.
- San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Awareness
- Parent Helpline - Help & Support to Address Your Child's Substance Use - Partnership to End Addiction
Bullying/Cyberbullying/Dating Violence Prevention
Bullying creates a hostile, disruptive environment on the school campus and is a violation of a student’s right to be safe and secure. NISD provides students with instruction in the classroom that promotes communication, social skills, and assertiveness skills and educates students about appropriate online behavior and strategies to prevent and respond to bullying and cyber-bullying. School staff receive related professional development, including information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors, effective prevention and intervention strategies, and reporting guidelines. Students may submit a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying to any school staff member. All complaints of bullying will be investigated by the campus administrator and resolved in a timely manner. For more resources on bullying prevention please visit this website.
Anyone can call or text 24/7 to anonymously report inappropriate behaviors, harassment or bullying situations at Northside ISD Safeline
Child Abuse Prevention
Research has consistently shown that exposure to child maltreatment in all its forms negatively affects the current and future educational performance and emotional and psychological well-being of children. It's vitally important to educate everyone on how to report abuse and model practices for parents, families, and the community to promote child well-being and protection from abuse.
- How does reporting abuse or neglect of children in Texas work
- California mandated reporting easy steps… What must be reported and how to report (need to make TX)
- 7 steps to protecting our children
Critical Incident - Grief Response
The sadness and sense of loss that results from the death of someone they care about can significantly impact a student’s social and emotional health as well as their ability to learn at school. In the event of a staff member of student death, grief counseling response teams deploy to the campus to notify parents (by phone) and students (in the classroom/or virtually) of the loss. Grief counseling services are provided to school staff, and all students, and resources are offered to families.
Equity and Inclusion
To do their best, students must feel safe at school. A healthy and safe, and inclusive school environment can help students thrive, and every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression should be provided the opportunity to learn – free from discrimination, fear, or harassment. Read more about equity and inclusion.
Mental health is a positive state characterized by resilience, productivity, appropriate social behavior, and happiness. Students who exhibit good mental health do well in school, and schools that provide programs to advance their students’ social, emotional, and behavior. A focus on staff well-being and self care also creates healthy adult leaders as a model for our students. Learn more about mental health.
- Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental illness
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Mental Health Crisis - Suicide Prevention
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
- The Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
- The Trevor Project — Saving Young LGBTQ Lives
Resources and Toolkits
- More information on resources and toolkits
- Threat Assessment Teams
- School Safety
- Restorative Practices: Connect efforts around restorative discipline to the SELwork and whole child framework.
- Texas School Safety Center