Connecting the Dots Between Student Mental Health and School Safety

Webinar Overview


Students are more likely to die by suicide than by homicide, yet schools mostly focus on the safety of students concerning outside threats. The Round Rock ISD Police Department developed a model called the Four Pillars of School Policing that is a blueprint for effective and transformative school policing with a heavy focus on the mental well-being of students.

This webinar provides an overview of the Four Pillars of School Policing and how the model promotes safety and security, student advocacy, civil and human rights through racial equity, and behavioral health. It is through a heavy focus on the social-emotional well-being of students, that all are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment.


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Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough

Chief of Police
Round Rock ISD

Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough is the Chief of Police for Round Rock ISD. Before being named Chief, Yarbrough served Round Rock ISD as the Executive Director of Safety and Security since 2019. Before coming to Round Rock ISD, Yarbrough served as the Chief Operations Officer and Chief of Police for Bastrop ISD. He has also served as an investigator in the Public Integrity Unit for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, a senior investigator for the State Bar of Texas, and Assistant City Manager and Chief of Police for the City of Tulia. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in the 101st Airborne Division and was a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Advanced Training Program. Yarbrough holds a master’s degree from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Brownsville.

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Dr. Amy Grosso

Director of Behavioral Health Services
Round Rock ISD

Dr. Amy Grosso is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Round Rock ISD. Dr. Grosso completed her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She started her career as a mental health counselor at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She now oversees a team of social workers and campus based mental health centers. In addition, Dr. Grosso is part of the formation of a new district police department aimed at reforming school policing by focusing on safety and security, behavioral health, equity, and student advocacy. Dr. Grosso also serves as the Board Chair for the Central Texas Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. She co-authored the book Schoolwide Collaboration for Transformative Social Emotional Learning that came out August 2021.

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