Safe and Drug Free Schools


Title IV Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Safe and drug-free school environments are essential elements for student success. So critical are they that one of the six ESEA performance goals that states are required to adopt is: All students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug-free, and conducive to learning.

The reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the "No Child Left Behind" act, includes the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program as Title IV-Part A. The purpose of this part is to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools, prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, and are coordinated with other efforts in order to support student academic achievement. The last line of this purpose statement is critical. Numerous studies have shown that students who do not feel safe and students who are not free of the effects of drugs and alcohol cannot achieve their full academic potential. The Department of Public Instruction agrees that safe and drug-free environments are essential for optimal learning, and these funds are essential for supporting effective efforts to reduce barriers to student achievement and success. School districts are encouraged to use these funds to continue this important support for drug and violence prevention programs.

Congress has "zeroed out" program funding for 2010-11. "Carry-over" of all unspent funds will be allowed. Expenditures of remaining funds will be allowed until September 30, 2011. No transfers of funds into or out of Title IVA will be allowed. Programs and budget change requests that are necessary will be completed off-line, through a hard copy Budget Change Request Form - PI-1824 submission.


Safe and Drug Free Schools Resources

Resources for Safe Schools

Effective Scientifically-Based Programs

Safe and Drug-Free Schools Carryover Instructions and Spreadsheet

Entitlement Application

Other Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Grant Programs


For more information on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction No Child Left Behind website:


Technical Assistance

The Student Services Prevention and Wellness Team has consultants who assist with both state-funded ATODA grants and federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program grants.

The following is a list of consultants, their CESA assignments, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers:

CESAsConsultantE-mail AddressPhone Number
2, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12Joan
1, 3, 4, 7, 9, and 11Randy

Feel free to contact the above DPI staff with questions you may have.




For questions about this information, contact Joan Lerman (608) 266-2829