March 2023 School Safety Community Bulletin: Events, Opportunities, and Resources

School Safety Events and Opportunities

March 2023

Latest News

Multiple Federal Agencies Release Funding Opportunities
Several federal grant programs on a range of school safety topics, including student mental health and targeted violence prevention, have recently opened application periods. Newly released and open funding opportunities for K-12 schools and districts include:

Learn more about these grants and find additional school safety-related funding opportunities on the Grants Finder Tool.

CDC Releases Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report that administrators and educators can use to better understand the challenges and risks students are facing. The report, “Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2011-2021,” provides surveillance data on behaviors and experiences among high school students related to health and well-being. It also includes data on social determinants of health and protective factors, such as school connectedness.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week Begins on March 20
March 20-26 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), a week-long observance intended to inspire dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. Learn more about NDAFW and its corresponding events, and visit’s mental health topic page to find resources for schools and parents on mental health and substance use prevention, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign.

Participate in the Quad Cyber Challenge this April
The Quad Cyber Challenge, occurring on April 10-14, is a call to action for every internet user to learn more about cybersecurity and protect themselves and their devices from the growing threats of online attacks. By being informed about cyber risks and how to reduce them, everyone – including parents, students, teachers, and school staff – can counter the efforts of bad actors and build stronger cyber defenses at home, at school, and across the K-12 community. Sign up to take the Cyber Challenge and learn the simple steps you and your school can take to commit to safe and secure online practices.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Grants and Funding Opportunities

March Deadlines

April Deadlines

May Deadlines


Visit the Grants Finder Tool for additional school safety-related funding opportunities.

Events, Webinars, and Conferences

Embrace, Encourage, and Engage: Family and Caregiver Access to Child and Youth Mental Health Resources (March 22) – This webinar, hosted by the Administration for Children and Families and SAMHSA, is designed to provide parents and caregivers with information and resources to recognize, manage, and support their children’s mental health needs.

Understanding and Planning for School Bombing Incidents (April 4) – This webinar, hosted by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Region 9, is designed to enhance skills and knowledge necessary to respond to school bomb threats and school bombing incidents. The event will provide information on the purpose and function of school emergency management plans, warning signs of aggressive student behavior, critical actions when responding to a school bombing threat, recognition of Improvised Explosive Devices and components, and preventive school bombing incident measures.

School Mental Health Virtual Learning Series (April 11 & May 9) – This webinar series, hosted by the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, in collaboration with the National Center for School Mental Health, focuses on advancing high quality, sustainable school mental health from a multitiered system of support, trauma sensitive, and culturally responsive and equitable lens. Upcoming events in the series include:

Student Privacy and Data Security Spring Webinar Series: Data Security and Data Breach Response (April 19) – This webinar, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Privacy Policy Office, through its Privacy Technical Assistance Center, will provide information on data security best practices for education data systems, including user privacy and security awareness, privacy and security program development/implementation, threat modeling, and attacker methodology. It will also include a walkthrough of a simulated data breach and best practices for schools, districts, and universities looking to build or enhance their cyber incident response capabilities.

Visit the Events Page for additional school safety-related webinars, conferences, and more.

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School Safety Resources

Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources

Bullying Prevention Strategies and Resources for K-12 Schools
This infographic includes an overview of bullying, strategies for schools to consider to help identify, prevent, and address bullying, and resources available through to learn more.

Tips for Teachers on Cyberbullying
This webpage provides information for teachers, school personnel, and staff to identify warning signs for when a child is being cyberbullied or is cyberbullying, as well as strategies to prevent and address it.

Child Exploitation Resources

Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Parents and Guardians
This guide offers information for parents and guardians on child sex trafficking, including an overview on the victims and perpetrators, tips for keeping children safe, and warning signs.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence
This resource was designed to help states and communities use the best available evidence to prevent ACEs and features six strategies from CDC’s Technical Packages to Prevent Violence. It focuses on changing norms, environments, and behaviors in ways that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as lessen harm when they do occur.

Mental Health Resources

Coping with School Tragedies
This webpage outlines resources on addressing crises that occur in school communities and how to move forward in the aftermath of these tragedies.

Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) Field Operations Guide
This resource provides guidance on responding to disaster, violence, or terrorism events using the Psychological First Aid intervention. It gives school administrators, educators, and staff practical assistance to meet immediate needs and concerns, reduce distress, and foster adaptive coping in the wake of a disaster.

Visit for additional resources to support school safety and security efforts.

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