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    See it. Hear it. REPORT IT!

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    See it. Hear it. Report it! Safe Schools Maryland.
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    Image of Maryland road laws on stopping for school buses.


    In a typical school year, more than 600,000 Maryland students ride school buses. As students prepare to head back to school, drivers must prepare for more school buses on the roads. Lots of us are out of practice interacting with school buses on our streets. Additionally, children’s brains are still developing, so don’t expect them to behave as you would when entering, exiting, or in a school bus; therefore, maintain a safe distance from school buses at all times.

    This is a reminder that we must always prioritize safety first when approaching a school bus.

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    NEW 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Launches in Maryland

    If you, a friend or family member are having a mental crisis or just need to talk with someone, the 988 Lifeline is the number to call.

    Photo credit MDH Behavioral Health Administration website

    The State of Maryland has activated a new crisis line designated for suicide and substance abuse concerns. The 988 Lifeline number is designated for anyone who is experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, contemplating suicide, or worried about someone who may need crisis support.

    Why do citizens need a Suicide and Substance Abuse line?

    In many instances of mental health crisis, a trained mental health provider and/or emergency mental health care is required. In the past, the only resource to call was 911. Historically we’ve learned police, fire, or EMS are not necessary in many circumstances of mental health and drug abuse calls. In some circumstances, the arrival of police on the scene can escalate non-violent situations and have created additional problems for those going through trauma and crisis. In some cases, police presence may have caused tragic consequences for individuals in a mental health crisis.

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    MCSS SFG Facilitator Accepts New Role Representing Maryland Students

    Henry Meiser is a Senior at St. Mary’s Ryken High School

    Henry Meiser, Facilitator for the MCSS Student Focus Group, recently accepted appointment as Student Commissioner to the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention. This is another important role for Mr. Meiser to undertake as he represents students in Maryland.

     “This task has been an especially challenging one, given Maryland’s great geographical and socio-economic diversity, and the sheer age gap between a student in elementary, and high school.”

    Mr. Meiser is a senior at St. Mary’s Ryken High School. He initiated the Southern Maryland Youth Leadership Foundation and has obtained a certificate in leadership and management from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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    2022 Training Update: School Resource Officers (SROs) and School Security Employees (SSEs)

    Image of a classroom with a text box to the right of the image saying School Resource Officer (SRO) and School Security Employee (SSE) Training. 2022 Revision.

    2022 SRO/SSE Training is in Session

    MCSS staff, along with state and local subject matter experts, are once again in the classroom providing training to the dedicated individuals serving as SROs and SSEs throughout the State. In 2021, MCSS began the work of updating our model SRO and SSE training. The goal of the updates was to expand the program with new and much-needed modules in order to provide deeper training. Working closely with our local and state subject matter experts (SMEs), MCSS expanded training modules on De-escalation, Disability and Diversity Awareness, Implicit Bias, and Restorative Approaches.

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    Training Trainers

    T4T Training Class

    Michael Rudinski, Regional Training and Certification Specialist for MCSS presents the course to train SROs and Subject Matter Experts

    Keeping Maryland’s schools and students safe is a multifaceted, ongoing process for the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS). One of MCSS’s roles is to train school resource officers (SROs), school security employees (SSEs), school administrators, and school personnel. In order to train Maryland law enforcement officers, instructors must be certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission. As such, MCSS now offers a Basic Instructor-Training for Trainers (T4T) class to the instructors who train SROs. 

    MCSS’s 2022 revised SRO training is delivered in a hybrid format. Therefore, Michael Rudinski, Regional Training/Certification Specialist for MCSS, included a  Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) module to the course. VILT is especially useful in learning the technology, physiology and psychology of the hybrid training environment. Instructing is not only about interaction and balance, but highlighting the needs of the learner at a given time; especially in the virtual environment.

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    St. Joan of Arc Awarded Safe School Maryland Gold

    Saint Joan of Arc School is the first private elementary school to undertake the Safe Schools Gold School engagement program. We loved being part of the celebration with the school as they received the Governor’s Citation for embarking on this important program.

    Principal Dianne Kestler, Father William Franken, Archdioceses of Baltimore representatives and the St. Joan of Arc student body were pleased to accept this Safe School Gold School Award from the Maryland Center for School Safety.

    Take a look at the video from the ceremony here.

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    Flintstone Elementary Gold School Ceremony

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    Principal Ralston holding a cue card for Flintstone Elementary’s fourth-grade class as they recite a poem about Safe Schools Maryland.

    Flintstone Elementary, home of the S.P.A.R.K.S., received a Governor’s Citation in recognition of being the first elementary school to reach Safe Schools Maryland Gold School status, on April 25, 2022. Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) was proud to deliver this citation from the office of Governor Larry Hogan in honor of Flintstone’s contribution to the promotion of school safety in Maryland. Flintstone Elementary stands out as an example for others to follow.

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    MCSS Announces New Student Focus Group

    The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) would like to announce the 2022-2023 MCSS Student Focus Group (SFG) members! Additionally, MCSS is excited to welcome back twelve 2021-2022 SFG members in addition to welcoming twenty-five new members. 

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    MCSS Students D.A.R.E to Teach Officers

    The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) had the honor of presenting to Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officers during their annual in-service conference on April 13, 2022 in Ocean City, Maryland.  According to the D.A.R.E. website, D.A.R.E. curriculum “is the most comprehensive drug prevention curricula in the world, taught in thousands of schools throughout America’s 50 states and its territories, as well as in 50+ other countries, reaching more than 1.5 million students annually.” 

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