What We Do
- Each fall during Michigan Safe Schools Week members of the Michigan Safe Schools Initiative Workgroup work together to compile school safety information, model school safety pledges , and suggested activities to raise awareness of the importance safe schools to a learning environment. Information packets are mailed to every law enforcement and school in the state. Parents, teachers, administrators, and students are urged to sign a school safety pledge. A news conference is held at the state capitol to kick off the week's activities and pledge signing. Last year 100,000 pledges were signed and forwarded to the Workgroup!
- Workgroup members work with Michigan State Police Operations Center to keep parents, schools, and students aware of the School Violence Hotline (1-800-815-TIPS) The hotline provides the means to anonymously report specific threats of imminent school violence or other suspicious or criminal conduct.
- Various types of school safety related workshops and conferences are developed and delivered through various partnerships among Michigan Safe Schools Initiate Workgroup members.
- Quarterly school related legal updates are researched and published via the Safe Schools website.
- As appropriate legislative updates on school safety related issues are provided to key legislative offices and new legislators.
- Expertise from the Workgroup is provided for the development of various model protocol templates (lock-down/shelter in place), state curriculums (bullying) and Fast Fact sheets have been developed and distributed.
In the past funding for these projects has been provided from various sources including grants from the Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Services (COPS). In kind services from various Workgroup members has also helped support the Initiative's many efforts. To supplement these losses from public sources, the Safe Schools Initiative Workgroup is now turning to private and other types of funding opportunities.
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