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FALL 2023

The beginning of a new school year is an important time for schools and their communities. ESD 112 is excited to kick off our Regional School Safety Center (RSSC) newsletter—a one-stop solution for all your school safety needs. Here you can find resources, tools, and best-practice information for comprehensive school-based safety planning and behavioral and mental health and wellness.

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Meet your safety center support team

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Susan Peng-Cowan | Behavioral Health Navigator
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Corina McEntire | Comprehensive School Safety-Public Health Coordinator
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Don Lawry | Threat Assessment Coordinator

Looking for training opportunities?

NEW: Find in-person and online training options available now. Class listings include QPR Suicide Prevention, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Threat Assessment, and Comprehensive School Safety Planning. Let us know if you are looking for other topics or are interested in scheduling something for your district.


September is Suicide Prevention Month. Find resources, classes, and information here.

988 turns one

The national three-digit mental health and suicide prevention crisis hotline 988 shares the work of our partners at SAMHSA, NASMHPD, and other supporting organizations to bring your attention to Episode 135 of the 988 Crisis Jam Learning Community.

Suicide prevention for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth

Looking for culturally specific resources on youth suicide prevention? The National Training & Technical Assistance Center has compiled a useful list.

Community Classes:


QPR Suicide Prevention Training for School District Staff

  • Learning to identify persons that may be contemplating suicide. This includes learning how to ask the questions and collect information to determine whether or not the person is thinking about suicide.
  • Identify and practice ways to persuade someone not to attempt suicide, even if only for a short period of time, so that interventions, supports and resources can be implemented.
  • Identify resources, interventions and unique support strategies that can be offered to someone who is thinking about suicide.
Tuesday, October 17

Forefront Suicide Prevention Trainings and Webinars

Developed by UW Forefront, the five simple and effective LEARN steps empower individuals to help others move in the direction of hope, recovery, and survival.

Multiple trainings ongoing

Forefront Suicide Prevention


September is National Preparedness Month. Help your school community be prepared.
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Spotlight on conducting school drills:

Get Ready to ShakeOut

Participate in this year’s Great Shakeout

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How do drills and exercises benefit your overall safety planning process?

Read this REMS factsheet to learn more.

School safety information & reminders:


Public Health Coordination joins the RSSC! With the pandemic came greater awareness about public health issues. As a result, COVID-19 resources and post-pandemic planning, response, and recovery activities now fall within the broader Regional School Safety Center.

Air Quality Guide

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has released a revised edition of the Washington Children and Youth Activities Guide for Air Quality, now available on DOH’s Smoke from Fires Took Kit Page with its companion FAQ Document.

Respiratory Illness Resources

Be prepared for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses this fall! Find information and resources on ESD 112’s 2023-24 School Year COVID Information Page and at the Washington State Department of Health webpage for Schools.

Comprehensive School Safety:
Public Health Open Office Hours

First Wednesday of the month (starting October 4th)
Join on your computer, mobile app, or room device.


Education Week: Getting School Climate Right: A Guide for Principals
Featured Article: Getting School Climate Right, Education Week

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