Statewide Technical Assistance Center for Safe and Supportive Schools: The New York State Center for School Safety
The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Student Support Services is seeking proposals to establish a Statewide Technical Assistance Center for Safe and Supportive Schools. The services that the Center would provide to school districts are critical to the health and safety of the students, district and school staff, and communities throughout the State. Such services include providing professional development and technical assistance at the school building and the school district levels; reviewing district safety plans; conducting on-site investigations; responding quickly and efficaciously to emergency situations that may arise; evaluating and analyzing student data related to attendance, disciplinary referrals and truancy as well as incidents of violent and disruptive behaviors which include bullying, harassment, and discrimination. The work of the Center will help provide and maintain safe and healthy learning environments for the students of the State of New York. Such environments are paramount for students to have the ability to learn, participate, and excel in all learning opportunities.
In addition, the Center will assist schools in creating and maintaining a comprehensive systems-approach model for safe and supportive learning environments. The development and maintenance of a resource-enhanced website and cataloging of resources and best practices to assist schools in ensuring measurable safe and supportive learning environments will also be required. The Center will work under the administration of and in cooperation and collaboration with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and other agencies NYSED has chosen as resources to provide supplementary/complementary supports and to ensure that technical assistance and professional development efforts are aligned with the intent of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (Project SAVE), the Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act) legislation, the NYS Guidelines for Social and Emotional Development and Learning (Guidelines for SEDL) and the New York Secure Ammunition Firearms Enforcement Act (NYSAFE Act). The Center will also ensure that technical assistance and professional development efforts are aligned with the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness.
Eligible applicants must be located in New York State, or have a satellite office located in New York State. Eligible applicants may include Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), public or private Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations or agencies.
Subcontracting is limited to thirty percent (30%) of the annual contract budget. Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel. Bidders are required to comply with NYSED’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) participation goals for this RFP through one of three methods. Compliance methods are discussed in detail in the Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Participation Goals section of the RFP.
NYSED will award one contract pursuant to this RFP. The contract resulting from this RFP is anticipated to begin on September 1, 2014, and end on June 30, 2019, and is subject to budget appropriation.
The Center will serve all schools in New York State, including all five boroughs within New York City, with a focus on schools designated by NYSED as being Persistently Dangerous (PD) or schools identified with any other designation, approved by the Commissioner.
See Mandatory Requirement section of the RFP.
Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers (87 KB) - POSTED April 24, 2014
Questions regarding this Request for Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to: CSSRFP@mail.nysed.gov no later than the close of business April 18, 2014. Questions regarding this request should be identified as Program, Fiscal, or MWBE. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted no later than April 28, 2014 to:
The following are the designated contacts for this procurement:
The following documents must be received at NYSED no later than May 12, 2014 by 3:00 PM:
- Submission Documents labeled Submission Documents – RFP#14-010 Do Not Open
- Technical Proposal labeled Technical Proposal – RFP #14-010 Do Not Open
- Cost Proposal labeled Cost Proposal – RFP #14-010 Do Not Open
- M/WBE Documents labeled M/WBE Documents – RFP #14-010 Do Not Open
- CD ROM containing the technical, cost, submission and M/WBE proposals submitted using Microsoft Word. Place in a separate envelope labeled – CD-ROM-RFP#14-010 Do Not Open.
Submit each of the above documents in a separately sealed envelope. The mailing address for all the above documentation is:
NYS Education Department
Attn: Richard Duprey, RFP #14-010
Contract Administration Unit, Room 501W EB
Bureau of Fiscal Management
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
(Facsimile copies of the proposals are NOT acceptable)