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School Climate Transformation Grant

Eureka City Schools is pleased to announce they have been chosen to receive a School Climate Transformation Grant of more than $3.5 million from the United States Department of Education. The five-year allocation is one of several federal grant programs designed to enhance systems of support to address the full range of students’ social, emotional and behavioral needs.

The goals of the program are to improve the district’s ability to connect students and families to the services and support they may need, to create conditions that lead to better learning and behavior, and to increase awareness of mental-health issues among school-aged youth and improve the ability to respond to them.

The grant will allow the district to establish the "Humboldt Bay Area School Climate Project" which will expand and strengthen district-wide  behavioral support programs across Eureka City Schools, including the successful Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. These enhanced programs will include outreach in our feeder districts of Freshwater, Garfield, Cutten, South Bay and Kneeland, whose graduates move to Eureka City Schools in middle school or high school.

The grant partners the districts with Dr. Jeffrey Sprague of the University of Oregon and the School-wide Positive and Restorative Discipline Research Group. The district and its partners will build upon the ongoing work of PBIS, which encourages students to "Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible."

Through training and coaching in proactive techniques, systems management and school climate enhancement, the grant aims to build the capacity of staff to address the diverse needs within each school, across each district and within the community as a whole.

“Our district continues to do outstanding work toward a goal shared by parents, teachers and the community – ensuring that all of our schools are places where everyone is safe and treated with respect,” said Fred Van Vleck, Eureka City Schools superintendent.  "This grant builds upon that foundation and gives us the resources we need to move forward together in building safe, respectful school communities where our children receive an excellent education."