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    MCSS Opportunity for Educators & School Safety Professionals

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    If you enjoy writing and want to share your school safety-related knowledge and experience in order to help and inform others, please know that MCSS is always willing to consider guest contributors for the News and Notes section of our website.

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    MCSS Opportunity for Maryland Teens

    Amplifying the student voice in school safety in Maryland

    Are you a middle or high school student in Maryland who cares deeply about school safety? Or do you work with middle or high school students? Then we have what could be a great opportunity for you or your students to share your/their voice(s), learn a lot, and effect positive change throughout Maryland.

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    Midyear Update from MCSS Student Focus Group

    The MCSS Student Focus Group (SFG) has been hard at work taking part in meetings to learn about different subjects that have an impact on school safety. In addition to learning from each other and guest speakers, members have also launched new committees that focus on various aspects of the Student Focus Group’s work. These are for the benefit of MCSS and the Student Focus Group in order to make schools in Maryland even better and safer places to be.

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    MCSS Student Focus Group Attends National Session

    On November 15th, 2021, members of the Maryland Center for School Safety Student Focus Group (SFG) had the opportunity to speak to the members of the National School Safety Alliance, which included School Safety leaders from across the United States.

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    Motorists Urged To Follow School Bus Safety Laws As Students Head Back To Class

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    PIKESVILLE, MD, August 23, 2021 — With students beginning to head back to school – many for the first time in more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic – Maryland State Police and the Maryland Center For School Safety are stressing school bus safety for motorists.

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    2021-2022 MCSS Student Focus Group Members Announced

    2021-2022 Student Focus Group Announced

    Weeks before the 2021-2022 school year officially begins, members of a select group of twenty-five student leaders from across Maryland are already planning how to make the most of the year ahead while ensuring that Maryland’s K-12 schools remain as safe and supportive of student success as possible. 

    These student leaders are the recently-inducted members of the 2021-2022 Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) Student Focus Group (SFG). They follow in the footsteps of the twelve inaugural members of the group, whose one-year terms ended in June. 

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    2021 Conference: Current Maryland High School Students Present “School Safety through the Eyes of Your Students: Ask a Student!”

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    Do your students really feel safe in your school? What do they think of the climate of their school? What does safety look like in the eyes of your students? What more needs to be done to keep students feeling safer? All of these questions and more can be answered in this Ask Me Anything-style panel session with teen members of the inaugural MCSS Student Focus Group. This is your opportunity to get student feedback on your school safety initiatives and ideas from the students with all work to serve.

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    2021 Conference: Michele Gay and Lee-Nadine Oppenheim Present “Especially Safe: An Inclusive Approach to Safety Preparedness in Educational Settings”

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    Many will want to attend this snapshot presentation of the newly-released safety planning and training program for individuals with Access and Functional Needs. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the program and sign up to pilot it in their school or district.

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    2021 Conference: “Handle with Care Maryland – Program Overview and Updates”

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    In February 2018, Governor Hogan announced that Maryland will implement the Handle with Care program statewide. At his direction, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention is implementing the Handle with Care model across the state to increase trauma-informed approaches and to address Adverse Childhood Experiences to prevent future victimization or criminality. If a law enforcement officer encounters a child during a call, that child’s name and three words, HANDLE WITH CARE, are forwarded to the school/child care agency before the school bell rings the next day. Read more…

    2021 Conference: Thomas Rivalis Presents “Drafting and Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans”

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    During his presentation Thomas Rivalis will share how to draft and develop high quality school emergency operations plans. Rivalis is the project manager for the Grant-Funded School Emergency Management initiative jointly administered by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).  He has been an EMS provider for 17 years.  Read more…

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