Maryland School Safety Initiative 2017: Preparing Maryland Schools for a Safer Tomorrow
Focus on Preparation, Prevention and Moving Beyond Tragedy to Recovery
(ANNAPOLIS, MD) –The Maryland Center for School Safety in partnership with Safe and Sound Schools will host a series of school safety trainings featuring presentations from a mother who lost her child in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a law enforcement expert who will review that shooting and the lessons learned, a school mental health expert who will discuss recovery and how to build resiliency following a school tragedy, and a panel discussion focused on moving beyond school tragedies.
Speakers will be available for interviews following their presentations. School administrators, school-based mental health staff, school security staff, and school resource officers from across the state will be attending the trainings.
The Maryland Center for School Safety, created by the General Assembly in 2013, continues to focus on school safety and emergency preparedness so schools across Maryland can maintain a safe and supportive learning environment for students, staff, and parents. The Center works with all public school and law enforcement stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to school safety, including disseminating information on best practices, providing training and technical assistance, and gathering meaningful data on school safety issues to ensure our schools are a safe and supportive environment. Additionally, a Center Governing Board was established to develop an implementation plan to phase in establishment and operation of the Center; provide general oversight and direction to the Center; and approve the annual budget for the Center. The State Superintendent of Schools serves as the Governing Board Chair. A representative of the local Superintendents of Schools and Maryland Association of Boards of Education also serve on the Governing Board.
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