Aspen Elementary Prevention Plan 2022-23
Our school’s mission is to:
- We know each other’s names.
- We learn about and celebrate our similarities and differences.
- We interact positively with everyone in the school.
- We continue to learn and grow every day.
- We are engaged and focused on learning.
- We give our best effort.
- We set and achieve goals.
- We never give up.
- We stay positive about ourselves.
Prevention Plan Overview
Our school prioritizes prevention by offering support and services to our students and their families. Some of our everyday efforts, the systems and strategies for supporting our students are listed below:
- School-wide Behavior Plan including the Big 3 of being responsible, respectful and safe with that being defined in every area of the school.
- Alligator tickets for “caught being good” with prize drawings weekly.
- Principal’s Pride celebration monthly - every student gets celebrated throughout the school year in front of their class. The principal comes and reads about the amazing things each student has accomplished.
- DARE training for 5th grade. This is taught by a South Jordan Police Officer who works with the kids to teach alcohol and drug prevention.
- Student Council: Students in grades 4-6 apply to be student leaders. They plan school activities, lead school assemblies, and produce morning announcements.
- Grade-level buddies: Upper grade students team up with lower grade students to tutor them and support them in their learning.
- Second Step curriculum for each grade level: We teach essential life skills for social and emotional health through a variety of classroom and grade-level strategies such as dealing with conflict, empathy, problem solving, goal setting, bullying prevention, and emotion recognition and management.
- Three community events are held to build relationships with our community: Back-to-School Night, Color Run Fundraiser for PTA, and Aspen Community Night.
- Check-in, check-out for at-risk students with the school psychologist or another trusted adult before and after school. This gives students a chance to build a positive relationship with an adult, to set expectations for the day and to report good behavior or concerns at the end of the day.
- Behavior plans created in conjunction with District personnel, parents and our special education team for severe behavioral problems.
- Administration presence in the lunchroom and at recess to support positive behavior. The principal and assistant principal take advantage of this time to connect with students by visiting with them, eating lunch with them, and playing soccer or other activities with them at recess.
- Our school uses Panorama data management to identify students in need of additional support with academics, social/emotional learning and attendance..
- Our school provides access to District mental health and support resources through Student Services which includes the Jordan Family Education Center and Mental Health Access Program.
- Our school provides access to academic support with District departments to support the success of every student.
- Our school’s mental health providers (school counselors, school psychologists, or clinical support) are trained and supported by District administration to follow current best practices in prevention and intervention efforts.
- Our school intervenes with early warning, content monitoring, and anonymous reporting tools with support from District specialists to identify and support students who may be at risk.
- Our school provides access to parent and family resources including a District partnership with the Cook Center for Human Connection, evening parent seminars, and classes through the Jordan Family Education Center.
Suicide Prevention Plan
- Our school’s mental health providers and administrators are trained on and review District suicide risk intervention guidelines annually with support from Jordan District’s Student Services Team.
- Introduce SafeUT app and BARK and educate parents about its use in our school.
- All of our school’s licensed staff participate in suicide prevention training for their license renewal
- Students identified who may be at risk of suicide receive interventions and support appropriate to their individual needs which may include a screening interview (CSSR-S), parent/guardian contact, a safety plan, mental health recommendations/referrals (JFEC, MHAP, etc.), a re-entry meeting, and regular follow-up.
- Weekly Second Step lessons taught and discussed in class and then reviewed throughout the week.
- Our Wellness Center is available for all students to practice essential skills of self-regulation and emotion management, offering students a break and a time to reset if they are struggling.
Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination Prevention Plan
- Our school team proactively reviews relevant data on school climate, safety, and bullying by identifying vulnerable populations (e.g., racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ youth, students with disabilities) and specific spaces where bullying may be likely to plan supports accordingly.
- Our school’s staff is trained on school procedures for recognizing, reporting (SafeUT, content monitoring, etc.), and responding to bullying incidents.
- Administration documents severe behavior incidents in Skyward.
- Students involved in incidents of bullying as targets, aggressors, or witnesses receive support for their individual needs which may include suicide risk assessments, counseling and mental health services (i.e. school mental health team, JFEC, MHAP), Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), a student wellness plan and/or parent/guardian contact—recognizing that targets, aggressors, and witnesses of bullying are more susceptible to school problems.
- Our school psychologist works individually and in small groups with students teaching social skills, resilience, coping skills, and anger management as needed.
Violence Prevention Plan
- Our school’s administrators are trained on the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (C-STAG).
- Administration has C-STAG interview forms readily available to administer a threat assessment and determine next steps.
- Our school has a process for timely response to school threats using Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (C-STAG) and its decision tree. This includes warning potential victims and their parents/guardians.
- Our school’s staff and students are trained at the beginning of the school year in school procedures for recognizing and reporting (SafeUT, content monitoring etc.) threats of violence.
- Students who are affected by or who make threats of violence receive interventions and support appropriate to their individual needs which may include problem solving, C-STAG interviews, suicide risk assessments, Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), Restorative Conferencing, Mediation, a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), counseling and mental health services (i.e. school mental health team, JFEC, MHAP) a student wellness plan and/or parent contact.
- Second Step Program provides students opportunities to see positive behavior modeled and practiced with their peers.
PTA Red Ribbon Week
Latinos in Action - Herriman High School Students reading weekly with our third grade students.
Weekly collaboration meetings with teams to review behavior and possible interventions.
Neighborhood Outreach: Administration walked the neighborhood and met people to introduce our new school and invite them to participate with us.
Family Night to meet the teachers at Biscotti Cafe.
Aspen Community Night: District and Community resources were shared with parents along with games and fun prizes.
Sixth grade girls lunch with the principal in the conference room.
This prevention plan has been created following Jordan District guidelines, which can be reviewed at wellness.jordandistrict.org.
Future Plans & Ideas:
Lunchtime Social skills classes with the school psychologist or counselor for students who struggle with conflict resolution.