Proposed School Safety Investments
Additional School Resource Officers
CCS and the Carmel Police Department will work together to hire an additional 11-13 SROs. This provides at least one armed and highly trained Carmel law enforcement officer in every school. SRO programs seek to “bridge the gap” between law enforcement and youth. SROs are trained school safety experts and follow the TRIAD model serving as law enforcement, teacher, and informal counselor (mentor) in the school setting.
Mental Health Services for Students
CCS will support and enhance our school counselor/school social workers by raising the salaries of our current social workers to be competitive with area schools. The referendum will also give us funding for additional school counselors/school social workers over the next 8 years.
CCS will contract with local providers to have mental health therapists available in every school. Parents of students in need of support can choose these services. This initiative is designed to eliminate barriers to mental health services, support our families and wrap resources around students in need of assistance.
School Safety Initiatives & Training
CCS will provide staff with access to additional training on safety plan implementation, classroom behavioral supports, social-emotional learning, and accessing mental health services. This will allow our district to keep up with evolving school safety best practices and technologies.