Safe and Supportive Schools

Safe and Supportive Schools

Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities

The Coalition for Safe Schools and Community is working to keep San Mateo County schools and students safe. This page includes information on The Big Five, or the five Immediate Response protocols for schools. For more information on the Coalition's Student Threat Assessment Training and Suicide Prevention Toolkit Training, please contact SMCOE.

Foster Youth Services

Foster Youth Services (FYS) is a program designed to serve the unique educational needs of children in foster care. Through our partnership with San Mateo Human Services Agency, we seek to serve all youth in out-of-home placement including children living in foster homes, group homes, youth shelters, and residential treatment facilities.

Parent Project

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services offers the Parent Project to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. It is a free, 11-week course that is offered in both English and Spanish, and it teaches parents and caregivers valuable parenting skills.


San Mateo County Office of Education launched its RESPECT! 24/7 anti-bullying and civility initiative after a San Mateo County Grand Jury report called on our school districts to update their anti-bullying policies to be more comprehensive and consistent. RESPECT! 24/7 has grown in its focus to address such issues as cyberbullying, digital citizenship, disproportionate rates of suspension and expulsion, LGBTQ and gender identity, positive school climate, safe schools and communities, and youth mental health. 

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) San Mateo County is a countywide program offered by the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE).  The goal of the program is to encourage and enable school children to walk and bicycle to school by implementing projects and activities that improve the health, well-being, and safety of children and result in less traffic congestion and emissions caused by school-related travel. Funding for this program is made possible by the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).

San Mateo County Truancy Program

Recognizing that most students in San Mateo County have attendance rates of 96% or higher, it was determined that there was a need for a county-wide response to truancy for those students with serious attendance problems. The San Mateo County Truancy Program is designed to be that response and has been developed by a steering committee representing the 23 school districts, the County Office of Education, the District Attorney's Office, County Counsel's Office, officers of the Juvenile Court, the Probation Department, the Human Services Agency and several police departments.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

The TUPE program provides funding from Prop 99 tobacco tax dollars for tobacco prevention education.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is sponsoring Youth Mental Health First Aid courses throughout San Mateo County. In a concerted effort to create safer schools and communities, BHRS and the San Mateo County Office of Education are working in partnership to deliver the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum to all interested schools and school districts over the next two years.