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Helping Districts Recover From Tragedy

In December, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools gave $50,000 each to three districts recovering from multiple student suicides.
President Barack Obama (left) and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (right)

In December, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools gave $50,000 each to three districts recovering from multiple student suicides. The grant, Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SER V), funds recovery projects in districts after a traumatic event has occurred that disrupts the learning environment.

  • Shannon County (S.D.) School District received a Project SER V grant following the suicide deaths of nine students during the 2009-2010 school year.
  • Anoka Hennepin (Minn.) Independent School District 11 received assistance for ongoing recovery efforts following nine student suicide deaths since September 2009.
  • Marin County (Calif.) Office of Education received grant money to cope with two student suicide deaths, an automobile accident and a gang-related stabbing.

In response to a heightened awareness of student mental health concerns and increasing requests for guidelines on bullying, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a memo to state leaders on Dec. 16 outlining key elements for strong anti-bullying policies.

For more information, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/dvppserv.