radKIDS National Instructor Certification Course, June 11-15, 2018

How and what do we teach our children about safety everyday?

The health and safety of students, both physical and emotional, is of paramount importance to all school systems. It is of no less importance than academics. radKIDS is the national leader in children’s safety education. By empowering your school, training teachers and administration with nationally certified instructors, the radKIDS program can continue to provide essential education to children for years. The radKIDS Personal Empowerment and Safety Education Program has been developed after years of research and refinement with dedicated education professionals, law enforcement professionals, sexual account counselors, self-defense experts, and of course, concerned parents and their children.

radKIDS is built on self-worth focused prevention. radKIDS empowers children with safety-based development education. This educational program incorporates many styles of presentation and includes information and activities based on building confidence and self-esteem in the children so they truly gain the knowledge and confidence to make positive choices in their own safety.

165,000 children a day miss school due to fear of bullies or threats of violence. radKIDS provides the tools to empower your students with a comprehensive safety education program committed to reducing school violence and includes a revolutionary and effective bullying prevention component.

Attached is more information about radKIDS and the National Instructor Certification Course! Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Prevention Unit will host the course, June 11-15, 2018 from 8AM-5PM each day.

Let us know how we can bring this program to your school! We would love for faculty and parents to become involved! Click here for registration form.

Contact us for more information:

Flourish Children’s Foundation, Lauren Douglass, Lauren@whpinc.com, (352) 494-0561

Officer Cary Gallop, cgallop@acso.us, (352) 494-8837

Lin Tippin, lin.limtippin@gmail.com, (904) 962-7749

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Learn more about school safety and options for yourself and your family in an active shooter situation. 

In the event of a violent intruder situation, all teachers in Alachua County Schools are trained in a program called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and the ALICE Training Institute have received an extensive number of requests from parents and students for information and optional responses should a situation occur at their school. On March 7th, we will be holding a free webinar for parents and students in the Florida area to provide basic information on school safety and options for a proactive response to an active shooter situation. You will hear from Mo Canady, the NASRO Executive Director and Greg Crane, Founder of ALICE Training Institute. Join us to learn more about school safety and options for yourself and your family in an active shooter situation.

Feel free to register for the webinar even if you cannot attend and we will send you the recording.

Time: Mar 7, 2018 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Below is the link to the registration form.

ACCPTA Statement on behalf of the Alachua County Children’s Trust

The PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. The Alachua County Children’s Trust is a way for an entire community to invest in a resource that helps to fulfill our PTA’s mission. We often speak of children “falling through the cracks.” The Alachua County Children’s Trust is a way to invest in new ground to close those cracks.

As your ACCPTA President, I also serve on the Florida PTA Board of Directors. Through that service, I have been able to witness how other counties’ Children Services Councils provide a coordination of services for all children ages 0 to 18. In addition, this Children’s Trust would be a part of a network that is guided by the Florida Children’s Services Council.

We have many services for children that are doing great work. Coordination of services is the best way to bring us all out of our silos of good work and share services and resources across Alachua County and beyond. The Children’s Trust would be our community’s investment in sealing up our “cracks” by laying the new ground of coordination and services for all our children.

Please check out their campaign at www.ChildrensTrustofAlachuaCounty.org, and register for their kickoff event this Sunday, March 4 on Eventbrite, http://bit.ly/2oFDzmh .

How to Talk to Youth about Suicide Workshop

The Alachua County Crisis Center is offering a free workshop for parents and guardians on how to talk to youth about suicide. The workshop is on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas Coward Auditorium at the Alachua County Health Department (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville).

Alachua County Crisis Center Director Ali Martinez said, “We will provide clear and compassionate ways to address the topic of suicide, an overview of the risk and protective factors and steps to take if you suspect your child may be suicidal, and explore ways to best support youth if they face the loss of a loved one to suicide.”

For more information, contact Ali Martinez at 352-264-6792 or .