Impact of school climate grant’s end unclear for Virginia schools

Friday, June 13, 2014

A federal grant aimed at improving student safety and school climate is ending, and the effect the program’s absence will have on Charlottesville and Albemarle schools is unknown.

The Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, which ran from fall 2009 to this spring, spanned both school divisions and had five areas of emphasis: school safety, substance use, social and emotional learning, mental health and early childhood learning and family engagement.

“If nothing else, the legacy is that we’ve raised awareness of issues that can kind of be talked around,” said June Jenkins, the project’s director. “It allowed us to bring together all these major points of emphasis that allow us to educate the whole child.”

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