During the second quarter, the Safe and Sound team traveled to school and professional communities nationally–and internationally to South Korea and Canada–directly reaching over 22,500 people! Nationally, the team visited 31 U.S. cities, spanning 16 states. For a full list of community visits, scroll down.
In April, Safe and Sound Schools hosted a briefing and panel discussion in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus. The discussion focused on “The Importance of Mental Health in Comprehensive School Safety and Security Efforts.”
In late April, Alissa Parker traveled to South Korea to share A Parent’s Perspective.
In May, Jammin Hammer Jewelry kicked off an end-of-the-school-year fundraiser for Safe and Sound Schools for the second year in a row. Since then, Jammin Hammer has graciously extended the fundraiser through September. Support our mission and purchase your Safe and Sound Schools bracelets here.
The Building for God Community Foundation also celebrated its second year of partnership with Safe and Sound Schools, renewing a $20,000 grant to benefit our Maryland school safety initiatives.
Also in May, Michele Gay joined the Department of Justice COPS Office and BJA panel on school safety. National school safety leadership gathered to discuss school safety, emerging issues, and promising practices. Michele presented Rethinking School Safety and later joined a panel of colleagues and partners in school safety from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).
In June, Michele Gay worked with the FBI filming a new segment for two school safety documentaries. And later in June, the FBI hosted Michele Gay in Clarkburg, West Virginia to speak on preventing tragedy.
New Programs, Trainings, Resources, and Research
Safe and Sound Schools published the 2019 State of School Safety Report. The report explores perceptions of school safety among key stakeholder groups and provides research findings and actionable steps communities can take to close the communication gap between students, parents, administrators, and the larger community.
During the second quarter, Safe and Sound Schools also trained its first National Parent Council team and is now accepting applications from parents who want to do more, reach further, and mentor others. Learn more about this structured training program, here.