Safe Schools

Safe Schools Resources

Building Effective Strategies for Teaching (BEST) Students with Behavioral Challenges Project

The BEST Project is designed to help schools develop effective strategies to respond to challenging student behaviors. The Agency and its interagency partners provide training and technical assistance to increase schools' capacities to implement strategies to benefit entire school communities.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC's primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives.

Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Prevention Advisory Council

Per Act 129 of 2012, the Secretary of Education established an advisory council to provide advice and recommendations on harassment, hazing, and bullying prevention strategies and resources, and to coordinate statewide activities related to the prevention of and response to harassment, hazing, and bullying.

Health Education

The Agency provides professional development and technical assistance to school faculty and administrators specific to the development and implementation of health education standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment. The Agency also provides on loan to schools a wide variety of health education curricula and supplemental materials through the Health Education Resource Center (HERC).

HIV Prevention

The HIV Prevention consultant provides professional development, technical assistance and resources to schools and organizations engaged in efforts to decrease adolescent sexual risk behaviors and improve student health outcomes. The consultant provides assistance in the development and implementation of standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment.

Tobacco Use Prevention Program

As part of the statewide effort to reduce and prevent tobacco use among youth, the agency provides non-competitive grant funding to schools, professional development and technical assistance to school faculty and staff around tobacco use prevention and cessation curriculum and makes curricular resources available on loan through the Health Education Resource Center.

U.S. Department of Education – Resources for Emergency Management

Not all tragedies can be prevented. But schools and districts need to be ready to handle crises, large and small, to keep our children and staff out of harm's way and ready to learn and teach, and to recover from such tragedies should they occur. The U.S. Department of Education's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center has resources that may be helpful to you and your team, now and in the future.

Vermont Department of Health (VDH)

The VDH works to protect and improve the health of our population through core public health functions. Learn more about school health services here

Vermont Department of Mental Health

To help adults talk with children about tragedies, Department of Mental Health (DMH) offers guidance on their website or dial 2-1-1 for help.

Vermont Human Rights Commission

All schools are required to have a policy that prevents and prohibits hazing, harassment and discrimination. If you - a student - believe that you have been the victim of harassment or discrimination, a complaint should be filed, in accordance with the school policy, with the appropriate school official. Students may also file a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission which investigates violations of Vermont's public accommodation law.

Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS)

VTPBiS is a State-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students


Richard Boltax at or (802) 479-1399

Tracy Harris at or (802) 479-1421

Page Last Updated on December 4, 2014