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Letter of Information: House Bill 522: Public Schools – School Resource Officers and School Security Employees – Revisions

March 29, 2021
Letter of Information: House Bill 522: Public Schools – School Resource Officers and School Security Employees – Revisions
The following Letter of Information was sent to the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Maryland General Assembly on March 26, 2021. On behalf of the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS), thank you for the opportunity to submit this letter of information regarding House Bill 522.  The Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (STLA) received broad bipartisan support because it addresses both the physical safety needs and the ...
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How to submit an anonymous tip on Safe Schools Maryland

March 12, 2021
How to submit an anonymous tip on Safe Schools Maryland
While there is a lot of information on our website about the Safe Schools Maryland anonymous reporting system, we are now happy to add an informative video demonstrating just how easy it is to submit an anonymous tip. This video walks you through exactly how to submit any anonymous tip relating to the safety of Maryland students or schools. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ck-9TwhTOFA So, no longer can you use the excuse that you didn’t know ...
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Letter of Opposition: House Bill 1089: Primary and Secondary Education – Expansion of Mental Health Services and Prohibition of School Resource Officers

March 1, 2021
Letter of Opposition: House Bill 1089: Primary and Secondary Education – Expansion of Mental Health Services and Prohibition of School Resource Officers
The following Letter of Opposition was sent to the House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly on March 1, 2021 On behalf of the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS), thank you for the opportunity to submit this letter of opposition to House Bill 1089.  The Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (STLA) received broad bipartisan support because it addresses both the physical safety needs and the behavioral health ...
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Understanding Hate Bias and Social Media’s Impact on School Climate

February 17, 2021
Understanding Hate Bias and  Social Media's Impact on School Climate
Virtual learning and social distancing has limited our ability to engage in positive social interactions.  With many stressors facing all of us, we’re increasingly engaging in and with social media, texting, and video chats in an effort to connect, socialize, and simply maintain our humanity. Yet, not all online social interactions are positive, and many educators, parents, and students are wondering what can students do to navigate such challenges in the virtual world. Drawing on my experience juggling ...
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Student Resilience in the Face of Change

February 16, 2021
Student Resilience in the Face of Change
On March 13, 2020, Maryland students were sent home from school, on what they all thought was an “extended spring break”. Now, almost a year has passed. COVID-19 has raged around the world, masks have become a must-have accessory, and most Maryland schools have not welcomed back students on campus in nearly a year.  On February 8, 2021 five members of the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) Student Focus Group ...
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Maryland SRO FAQs – and Answers

February 8, 2021
Maryland SRO FAQs - and Answers
A lot of questions about School Resource Officers (SROs) and the requirements of the Safe to Learn Act of 2018 are sent our way.  Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions that we receive.  What is the Safe to Learn Act (STLA) of 2018? The Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018, which has been nationally recognized for its multidisciplinary approach, was enacted with the purpose of improving school safety.  The ...
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Letter of Information: House Bill 496: Primary and Secondary Education – Mental Health Services – Expansion

February 3, 2021
Letter of Information: House Bill 496: Primary and Secondary Education – Mental Health Services – Expansion
The following Letter of Information was sent to the House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly on February 3, 2021 On behalf of the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS), thank you for the opportunity to submit this letter of information regarding House Bill 496. The Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (STLA) set aggressive Statewide standards for school safety. The STLA addressed both the physical safety and security ...
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Letter of Information: Senate Bill 245: Public Schools – School Resource Officers – Requirements and Prohibitions

January 15, 2021
Letter of Information: Senate Bill 245: Public Schools - School Resource Officers - Requirements and Prohibitions
The following Letter of Information was sent to the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Maryland General Assembly on January 15, 2021. On behalf of the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS), which strives to promote and enhance school communities that are inclusive educational environments free from fear, harm, trauma, and unnecessary hardship, thank you for the opportunity to submit this letter of information regarding Senate Bill ...
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Suspect Abuse? Report it!

January 11, 2021
Suspect Abuse? Report it!
During the COVID-19 pandemic school looks a lot different than normal.  Teachers and staff have much less interaction with their students than usual, which can be detrimental to the safety of students.  Without having “eyes on students” every day in an environment outside of the home where students may feel comfortable, child abuse is going unreported.  Typically, teachers and school officials make a fifth of all child abuse reports.  Nationwide, ...
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