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National School Bus Safety Week During a Pandemic

October 18, 2020
National School Bus Safety Week During a Pandemic
For many Marylanders this October – like 2020 in general – is unlike any that we’ve experienced before. Masks are no longer just for Halloween. Children are home more hours of the day. The traditional rhythm of life is on hold. While much is topsy-turvy this year, National School Bus Safety Week (October 19 through October 23) goes on! With so many children still engaging in virtual school from home, there may ...
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The Many Responsibilities of a Maryland SRO

October 8, 2020
The Many Responsibilities of a Maryland SRO
Maryland’s Safe to Learn Act of 2018 mandates either the assignment of a School Resource Officer (SRO) or adequate law enforcement coverage for each individual school within each of Maryland’s twenty-four local school systems. It is the decision of each local school system to determine how they will fulfill this mandate.  Being an SRO is a challenging and rewarding job because an SRO fulfills four distinct roles within a school community: ...
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Teaching Maryland Youth About Preparedness

September 20, 2020
Teaching Maryland Youth About Preparedness
September is National Preparedness Month, and during the week of September 20 – 26 we focus on “Teaching Youth About Preparedness.” Often, when family discussions turn to disasters and emergencies, our minds wander to what we’ve recently seen online or on television: breaking news coverage of events that devastate entire communities, states, or even nations. While, yes, events like hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, pandemics, winter storms, and earthquakes are all important to ...
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Learning, Working, and Living from Home – Safely – this September and Beyond

September 8, 2020
Learning, Working, and Living from Home - Safely - this September and Beyond
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal And The Maryland Center For School Safety Share Important Reminders For All Marylanders  With most Maryland schools beginning virtually, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) urge added caution with respect to home fire safety as we start the new school year.  “With individuals of all ages spending much more time at home and engaging in activities that significantly ...
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Holistic Approach Produces Safer Schools and Prevents School Violence

August 25, 2020
Holistic Approach Produces Safer Schools and Prevents School Violence
A new report from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office at the Department of Justice (DOJ) highlights critical actions that schools, school districts, and law enforcement agencies can take to improve the overall safety of schools – and not just by preventing school shootings.  Ron Pierce of the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) summarizes and analyzes the report’s findings below.  —- The School Safety Working Group at the COPS Office was ...
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MCSS Expert Featured on School Safety Podcast

August 24, 2020
MCSS Expert Featured on School Safety Podcast
Our very own Mike Rudinski was a featured guest this month on the School Safety Insider Podcast with Ken Trump. Mike is a school safety specialist in the training and evaluation section of MCSS. In addition to being a subject matter expert in school based policing, de-escalation, and implicit bias among many other areas, Mike is a trainer at heart and a retired sergeant and school resource officer. He is enthusiastic ...
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Responding to COVID-19, Vaping, and Substance Abuse in Maryland

August 18, 2020
Responding to COVID-19, Vaping, and Substance Abuse in Maryland
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was already a vaping and substance abuse crisis in America’s schools. That crisis is far from over. Once the pandemic arrived on America’s soil, the role e-cigarette usage played in expression of COVID-19 illness was a topic of discussion for health professionals. Now,  thanks to a recent study published by The Journal of Adolescent Health, there is data confirming a worrying relationship between COVID-19 and ...
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MCSS Launches New “Understanding the Role of the SRO” Course

August 13, 2020
MCSS Launches New "Understanding the Role of the SRO" Course
While the term School Resource Officer and acronym SRO date back to the 1950s, the topic of police officers in schools and discussion surrounding the roles they play in an educational environment didn’t make much news until the early 1990s.   Federally, an SRO is defined as a “career law enforcement officer with sworn authority who is deployed by an employing police department or agency in a community-oriented policing assignment to work ...
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Summer Success: Maryland’s School Safety Seminar Series

August 5, 2020
Summer Success: Maryland's School Safety Seminar Series
The Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) would like to thank all those who registered for, attended, and contributed to our first ever School Safety Seminar Series, which took place in July 2020 in lieu of our traditional Summer School Safety Conference. These informative seminars included: Violence Prevention + Response in a Rapidly Changing World Presented by Tau Braun – July 7 Situational Awareness in Today’s Reality Presented by Brian Searcy – July 14 Suicide Prevention & Awareness ...
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Baltimore County School Resource Officer Wins 2020 National School Resource Officer of the Year Award

July 25, 2020
Baltimore County School Resource Officer Wins 2020 National School Resource Officer of the Year Award
Baltimore County Officer Danielle Moore was awarded as the 2020 National Association of School Resource Officers Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year. Assigned to Overlea High School in Baltimore County in 2018, Moore is known to her colleagues, peers, and her district as someone who makes significant contributions throughout the school and community she serves. Like many SROs in the nation and here in Maryland, Officer Moore contributes to ...
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