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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)
SHP is a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  The intent of this organization is to honor all of victims of gun violence by providing programs and practices to protect children and prevent the senseless, tragic loss of life.

Upon approval of this agreement, SHP and Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) will begin an exciting partnership and launch SHP's Start with Hello program in Project Prevent schools.  Additional schools will receive the program as requested and through strategic planning initiatives.  

Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence, and/or experience depression.  As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.  The Start with Hello program teaches students to be more inclusive and socially accepting, which results in students and staff becoming more connected to one other.  The program promotes a school-wide culture to reduce social isolation.
All Strategic Objectives
All costs for services will be the responsibility of SHP.  HCPS will ensure each targeted school provides work space and accommodations.
Sandy Hook Promise will work in collaboration with district personnel to garner appropriate information to complete all required reporting.  Data reports will include statistical information that will include indicate and/or improve the provision of the following: number of students served and additionally agreed upon outcome measured as identified by each school.
Kristine Hensley, Supervisor, Student Services
Holly Saia, Ed.S., Director, Student Services
Tracye H. Brown, Assistant Superintendent   Van Ayres
Academic Support and Federal Programs
(813) 272-4879
  Deputy Superintendent
(813) 272-4895
    C 3.02
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20171205_824 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 3.02