DATE: July 17, 2017
TO: Community Superintendents
High School Superintendents
Field Support Center Teams
FROM: Raymond J. Orlando, Chief Financial Officer
This memorandum funds the second year of the Safe and Supportive Opportunity Program Expanded (SSOPE) initiative. As part of this initiative, twenty NYC schools benefit from unprecedented social, emotional and progressive discipline supports, multi-service collaboration, and staff augmentation.
Each school’s allocation provides funding for a pedagogical position, a teacher serving as the culture/community services coordinator. Under the direction of the principal, this teacher serves as the liaison between the Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD) and the school. This person will identify staff to be trained in restorative practices and other progressive discipline supports, facilitate social emotional supports, establish relationships with Community Based Organizations to support the school, and implement regular School Culture Committee meetings among school administration and staff to support the implementation and sustainability of school culture and climate enhancement.
Ten participating schools that had the largest registers for the 2016/2017 school year also receive funding for a school social worker. The social worker will enhance social emotional supports, particularly for high need and at risk students through social work services, mentoring, and individual and group counseling. In addition, the social worker will identify and train school staff to serve as Support Mentors to high need and at risk students and build staff capacity to recognize early warning signs and symptoms of mental health issues. Those schools that were not allocated a social worker position are receiving an O.T.P.S. allocation to procure social work services from a community-based organization utilizing Multiple Task Award Contracts (MTACs) for Student Support Services and/or Safe and Supportive School Communities.
The funds will appear in the allocation category TL SAFE & SUPPORTIVE OPPORTUNITY.
C: Lois Herrera
Robert J. Weiner