The North Wasco County School District was awarded a federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant in July 2008.  The grant award totals about $2.9 million over a 4-year period.  The funding can be used to support programs and strategies that improve school and student safety, prevent risky behaviors, enhance student mental health services, and improve kindergarten readiness. 

The District has partnered with key service organizations including Wasco County Youth Services Department, The Dalles City Police Department, Mid Columbia Center for Living, Wasco County Commission on Children and Families, and the Department of Human Services in order to develop a solid continuum of services and supports for children, youth and families in our community.  Together, we are working to ensure that all children are safe, healthy and successful in school.

Below are some examples of the services provided through the Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative:

Improving School Safety
  • Installed high quality surveillance system at The Dalles Middle School
  • Upgraded student data systems and data collection processes
  • Provided training and support for the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • Second Steps
  • Steps to Respect
Preventing Risky Behaviors
  • Expanded Project ALERT to serve all students at The Dalles Middle School
  • Provided positive after school activities
Student Mental Health Services
  • Wasco County Student Assistance Program
  • Girls Circle Groups
  • Boys Council Groups
Improving Kindergarten Readiness
  • Kinder Connections Preschool
  • Professional Development Training for preschool teachers in the community
  • Pre-Kindergarten Round-Up event at the Children's Fair

Last Modified on October 27, 2011