Safe and Sound Schools delivers State of School Safety Report 2019, detailing the latest information about school safety issues and recommendations on June 11, 2019

Newtown, Conn. – June 11, 2019Safe and Sound Schools, a national school safety non-profit, today released its State of School Safety Report 2019 in collaboration with Boston University College of Communication.  The report includes contributions to analysis and interpretation from national experts across six key areas: mental and behavioral health; health and wellness; physical environment; school law, policy, and finance; culture, climate, and community; and operations and emergency management.

“Our mission is to protect every school and every student, every day,” said Michele Gay, co-founder and executive director of Safe and Sound Schools.  “The State of School Safety Report furthers that mission each year.  With the support of faculty and students at Boston University College of Communication, we were able to conduct nationally-fielded surveys and gain a deeper understanding of the current views on school safety from all parties involved.  We hope that the 2019 Report will provide more insight into the progress our school communities have made, but more importantly, patterns that point to where we are falling short on a national level.”

Safe and Sound Schools surveyed perceptions of school safety among five groups: students in middle and high school, parents, educators, public safety officials, and community members.  This report’s findings identify several school safety issues that need to be addressed.

In the results pertaining to student feedback, students and educators were asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement, “The school takes student feedback on school safety seriously.”  Opinions from the responding students and educators differed greatly.

While 80 percent of educators surveyed agreed with the statement, only 27 percent of students felt that student feedback on school safety is taken seriously.  In fact, 60 percent of students disagree, and feel that their feedback is not taken into consideration by schools.

These responses are consistent with the 2018 State of School Safety Report, suggesting a lack of progress in this area.  The data points to the imperative for school administrators to prioritize student engagement in the planning process for safety preparedness – not solely in the activities or drills.  Students are almost universally present at school safety incidents, and should be part of the planning for emergency response.

In addition to survey data and further exploration of school safety issues, the State of School Safety Report 2019 provides strategic recommendations and steps schools can take to close the gap between stakeholder perceptions to improve school safety.

For more information, view the full ‘State of School Safety’ Report 2019.

A donation from Bark helped fund the Safe and Sound Schools team’s time to review results, coordinate external reviews, and prepare the final report.  Status Solutions supported the presentation and distribution of this research.

 

About Safe and Sound Schools

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in 2013, following the tragic deaths of their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 New England Business Association Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

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Media Contact:

Azia Celestino

Safe and Sound Schools

acelestino@safeandsoundschools.org

 


On May 23, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) held a panel featuring Safe and Sound Schools’ Co-founder

Washington, DC – June 7, 2019Safe and Sound Schools co-founder and executive director, Michele Gay, was invited by the U.S. Department of Justice components, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), to participate as a panelist in an internal conference focused on the topic of school safety and security.

The purpose of the event was to enhance COPS and BJA staff knowledge of school safety concerns, emerging issues, and promising practices.  In Rethinking School Safety: A Parent’s Perspective, Michele Gay told her personal story as the mother of a child killed during the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. Reflecting on the tragedy with the attendees, Gay shared how Safe and Sound Schools now works to help communities in identifying key preventative actions and safety solutions- measures that were not in place for her daughter’s school during that crisis.  

The panel was comprised of nationally recognized subject matter experts and practitioners of the most current information available on the topic of K-12 school safety.  Other esteemed panelists included:

  • Dr. Lina Alathari, Chief of the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center
  • Mo Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers
  • Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, Director of Policy & Advocacy, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Phillip Keith, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Both the COPS Office and BJA support programs that focus on providing funding to state and local education and law enforcement agencies.  These offices work to bring evidence-based programs, strategies and equipment to prevent school violence and increase school security.

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About Safe and Sound Schools

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in 2013, following the tragic deaths of their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 New England Business Association Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

About the COPS Office

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address our nation’s crime challenges. When police and communities collaborate, they more effectively address underlying issues, change negative behavioral patterns, and allocate resources.

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.

https://cops.usdoj.gov/aboutcops

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, that helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization.

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building.

https://www.bja.gov/about/index.html

 

On May 22, the School of Education recognized the Safe and Sound Schools Co-founder

 

Baltimore, MD – May 30, 2019Safe and Sound Schools co-founder and executive director, Michele Gay received the Champion in Education Award on Wednesday, May 22 from Johns Hopkins University School of Education.  

Michele Gay, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, receiving the Johns Hopkins School of Education Champion In Education Award

The Champion in Education Award honors the accomplishments of an individual or organization who displays leadership and innovation in advancing the quality of education, human services, or public safety.  Recipients are identified by the sitting Dean for their contributions in the field and practice of education.  Some of the past recipients have included: Bill and Sylvia Cohen, Katherine Bradley, the Abell Foundation, and R. Christopher Hoehn-Saric.  

Michele Gay was named the 2019 recipient for her work with Safe and Sound Schools, a national school safety non-profit.  Following the loss of her daughter, Josephine Grace, in the Sandy Hook School tragedy, Gay chose to take action and established Safe and Sound Schools as a national resource for comprehensive school safety education, technical assistance, expert content, and best practices.

With a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson State University, Gay earned Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. Prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy, she taught at the elementary level in Maryland and Virginia public schools.

Now a nationally and internationally recognized public speaker and school safety advocate, Gay reaches audiences and consults with all levels of community institutions — schools; municipalities; houses of worship; educational and public safety leadership; state and federal governments; and law enforcement agencies.  Gay is a regular contributor for top news media outlets. She has been featured on PBS Newshour, CBS Face the Nation, among other international publications.  

Gay’s impassioned position on school safety hinges on every community taking a comprehensive and sustainable approach to safety. She works diligently to unite stakeholders of all disciplines and perspectives. An educator by training — and fueled by the heart of a mother and community member — Gay is uniquely positioned to help others prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from tragedies of their own.

Michele Gay remains inspired by Josephine, every day. She dedicates herself to honoring her daughter’s memory through this work to ensure that every school, every child, and every community is truly safe and sound.

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About Safe and Sound Schools

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in 2013, following the tragic deaths of their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 New England Business Association Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

About Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Established in 2007, the Johns Hopkins School of Education has quickly taken its place as a national leader in education reform through research and teaching. Grounded in the Johns Hopkins tradition of research and innovation, SOE is ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

https://education.jhu.edu/about-us/fact-sheet/

 

BFGCF Welcomes It’s Second Year of Partnership Supporting Safe and Sound Maryland

Building for God Community Foundation has announced the start of its second year of partnership with Safe and Sound Schools. This comes as part of the Foundation’s Champion in Life Partnership Program, in which select non-profit organizations are selected to receive professional leadership support and capital resources for the purpose of developing, implementing and growing a specific program, which in this case is Safe and Sound Maryland. The capital resources come in the form of a $20,000 recurring grant award that matches individual, corporate, and foundation gifts for five years.

During the first year of the partnership, Safe and Sound Maryland provided dedicated trainings, workshops, and education programs exclusively for Maryland school districts. In the 2018 State of School Safety report, Safe and Sound Schools found that nearly all parents and educators surveyed want their school to take extra steps in school security, but don’t necessarily have the expertise, resources, or training available. The Safe and Sound Maryland program, primarily funded by the Building for God Community Foundation, directly addresses this need for all the families in Maryland.

“Partnering with the experts from the Safe and Sound Schools team has allowed us to strengthen our schools’ abilities to guard against a wide variety of threats,” said Michael O. Brooks, Founder and Chairman of the Building for God Community Foundation. “With a recurring grant, we can be true collaborators, working together, year over year, to positively and measurably change the lives of students, teachers, staff, parents, and administrators in our schools in our local community and throughout our entire state.”

In 2018, Safe and Sound Maryland reached 12 districts, covering 600 elementary, middle and high schools, with the power to impact 400,000 students. For 2019, Safe and Sound Maryland will focus on recruiting parents and students to implement local school safety initiatives to meet the unique needs of each community.

“Building for God Community Foundation is a true leader in the community, giving its resources to selflessly support Maryland schools,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “We are grateful to be entering into the second year of our partnership with the Building for God Community Foundation and look forward to not only furthering the initiatives begun in Maryland, but positioning the state as an example for other school districts to follow, nationwide.”

The $20,000 grant award will match individual donations, as well as corporate and foundation gifts. To make a donation, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org/support/donate/. For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, including free assessment tools, tool kits and resources, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

For more information on Building for God Community Foundation, its programs and events, the Champion in Life Partnership Program, and the local nonprofit organizations the Foundation supports, visit www.buildingforgod.org.

About Building for God Community Foundation

Founded in 2007, Building for God Community Foundation’s mission is to affect a positive and determined impact in our local community in the areas of sheltering the homeless, feeding and caring for families, fostering the educational needs of our youth, and supporting those who protect our community. Since its founding, Building for God Community Foundation has supported many local nonprofits through its Champion in Life Grant Award, which distributes grant funds to support deserving organizations in our community. For more information, visit www.buildingforgod.org

The briefing and panel discussion set for Capitol Hill will focus on “The Importance of Mental Health in Comprehensive School Safety and Security Efforts” on April 11, 2019.

Newtown, Conn. – Apr. 9, 2019Safe and Sound Schools, a national school safety non-profit founded by Sandy Hook parents, today announced it will host a briefing and panel discussion in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus on Thursday, April 11, 2019.  The discussion, “The Importance of Mental Health in Comprehensive School Safety and Security Efforts,” will be led by Michele Gay, co-founder and executive director at Safe and Sound Schools.

“Mental health is a key area essential not only to comprehensive school safety, but to the work that we do at Safe and Sound Schools,” said Michele Gay.  “It is a great honor to be apart of this opportunity to share insights around mental health services, school culture, and how we can make our communities safer for students and educators.”

Fellow briefing participants include:

  • Edward A. Clarke, Chief Safety Officer for Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
  • Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Association of School Psychologists
  • Dr. Christina Conolly, NCSP: Director for Psychological Services with the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD
  • Paul Kelly, Principal of Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • Benjamin S. Fernandez, MS Ed, School psychologist and Coordinator of Prevention Services for Loudoun County Public Schools, VA

Co-hosts include the Secure Schools Alliance, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of School Psychologists, School Superintendents Association, and Security Industry Association. The briefing will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building.

“We must look at school health, safety and security holistically, as they are interconnected,” said Robert Boyd, Executive Director of Secure Schools Alliance. “Although the Alliance focuses on improving the physical security of K-12 schools, we are excited to join with our partners to brief the Congressional School Safety Caucus on the critical role mental health professionals play in our schools.”

For more information about the Congressional briefing or other inquiries, view the invitation.

About Safe and Sound Schools

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in 2013, following the tragic deaths of their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 New England Business Association Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

About NASP

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals throughout the United States and 25 other countries. NASP works to advance effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization for principals and other school leaders across the United States, seeking to transform education through school leadership.

About AASA

The School Superintendents Association (AASA) is the premier association for school system leaders and serves as the national voice for public education and district leadership on Capitol Hill.

About SIA

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, nearly 1,000 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry.

Secure Schools Alliance

The Secure Schools Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, works to improve the nation’s school security infrastructure, security technology and life safety systems as an important way to help protect children and teachers.

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Media Contact:
Azia Celestino
Safe and Sound Schools
acelestino@safeandsoundschools.org

 

Historic event will bring together the nation’s renowned school safety experts, thought leaders, and school-based crisis survivors to Houston, March 29-30, 2019

Newtown, Conn. – Feb. 28, 2019 – Safe and Sound Schools, a national school safety non-profit founded by Sandy Hook parents, today announced it will host the National Summit on School Safety on March 29-30, 2019. The event, co-hosted by Region 4 Education Service Center, will take place at the Region 4 ESC McKinney Conference Center in Houston, Texas.

The National Summit on School Safety is the premier gathering of the foremost authorities on school safety. The intensive, interactive two-day conference will cover the key areas essential to comprehensive school safety with inspirational keynotes, leadership round tables, workshops, and hands-on learning activities.

Featured speakers include Alissa Parker, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, Dr. CJ Huff, retired superintendent of Joplin Schools, and Michele Gay, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools.

“This first-ever event truly spans all areas of school safety to provide the most comprehensive coverage of safety issues our schools face today: mental and behavioral health; school climate and community; health and wellness; operations and emergency management; physical environment; and school law, policy, and finance,” said Michele Gay, co-founder and executive director at Safe and Sound Schools. “By bringing together the nation’s experts in each of these disciplines, the National Summit on School Safety offers actionable takeaways, tools, and resources school communities can start implementing immediately.”

Featured speakers at the 2019 National Summit on School Safety include:
● Michele Gay & Alissa Parker, Sandy Hook Mothers and Co-Founders of Safe and Sound Schools
● Dr. CJ Huff, education advocate and retired superintendent of Joplin Schools
● Frank DeAngelis, Retired Principal of Columbine High School
● Patrick Ireland, Columbine Survivor
● Lisa Hamp, Survivor of the Virginia Tech Shooting and School Safety Advocate
● Dr. Lina Alathari, Chief of the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center

“We are witnessing a renewed focus on school safety efforts and more demand for the programs and resources we provide,” said Gay. “This Summit is an extension of Safe and Sound School’s mission to educate and empower all stakeholders, and ultimately, ensure the safest learning environment for our youth.”

For more information about the Summit, sponsorship opportunities, or to register, visit the website.

Summit Partners
Crime Stoppers of Houston (Premier Partner), Allegion, Amulet Ballistic Barriers, Axis Communications, Campus Safety Magazine (Media Partner), CrisisGO, The Hackett Center for Mental Health, H&H Medical Corporation, Huper Optik Security Window Films, Johnson Controls, NaviGate Prepared, PBK, Raptor Technologies, Scholar Chip, and Status Solutions.

About Safe and Sound Schools
Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in 2013, following the tragic deaths of their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 New England Business Association Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

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Media Contact:
Azia Celestino
Safe and Sound Schools
acelestino@safeandsoundschools.org

Safe and Sound Schools and Bark Team Up to Provide Schools With More Comprehensive School Safety Resources

Research-backed educational resources combined with smart monitoring technology helps parents and schools improve safety efforts

Newtown, CT – Jan. 16, 2019Safe and Sound Schools, a national school safety non-profit founded by Sandy Hook parents, today announced a new collaboration with Bark, the digital monitoring service for parents and schools. As part of the agreement, Bark will strengthen its offerings for parents and schools with Safe and Sound Schools’ research-backed resources, tools, and programs.

Bark offers monitoring services to help pick up signs of cyberbullying, sexting, suicidal ideation, school shootings, and more, among youth. The free Bark for Schools program monitors school-issued Office 365 and G Suite accounts. Bark also offers a fee-based service for parents for discrete monitoring and alerts of potential threats. By working with Safe and Sound Schools, Bark will enhance its monitoring services with additional resources to help schools and parents prevent, respond to, and recover from safety incidents.

“Teaming up with Safe and Sound Schools is an incredible opportunity to give schools the tools they need to better protect their students, both at home and at school,” said Brian Bason, Bark CEO. “Given the growing number of school shootings and other threats of violence, there’s no better partner to help keep kids as safe as possible.”

The relationship between online activities and in-school behavior intensifies the importance of monitoring services and their role in detecting potential issues in today’s schools and ensuring a safe school climate.

“The more information we have, the better prepared we can be,” said Michele Gay, co-founder and executive director of Safe and Sound Schools. “When schools and parents can tap into the power of a tool like Bark, they can step in earlier, helping to break the chain of causality in potentially violent situations. Combined with our resources and programs, communities can help mitigate safety risks, and better respond to threats, and overall, have a proactive approach to improve school safety.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to school safety and Safe and Sound Schools, Bark continues to offer Bark for Schools for free. In addition, Bark is offering a lifetime 20 percent discount to members of the Safe and Sound Schools network for personal/family accounts.

For more information, visit Bark’s Web site.

 

About Safe and Sound Schools

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in 2013, following the tragic deaths of their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

 

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New survey shows kids and parents agree: anxiety runs high over school shootings with the start of new school year; experts cite need for more safe-school solutions

HOUSTON, Aug. 28, 2018 — As parents across the country head out to purchase No. 2 pencils, composition notebooks and a flurry of other back-to-school supplies, there’s one more item parents are prepared to pay for out of their own pockets: improved school security.

According to a new survey, 81% of students and 89% of parents expressed anxiety over school shootings with the start of the school year, and a majority of parents (75 percent) are willing to pay out of their own pockets to do something about it.

And while teens and parents are known to universally butt heads when it comes to agreeing on things, when asked about prioritizing funding, both parent and student survey respondents ranked improved school security as the top priority for additional funding over academics, arts and athletics.

The online survey was commissioned by Raptor Technologies®, the leader in integrated school safety technologies, and Safe and Sound Schools, a nonprofit founded by Sandy Hook parents focused on improving school safety. The survey interviewed 501 U.S. parents with K-12 kids, and 501 students ages 13-18.

“As a community concerned with school safety, we need to better address both prevention of school violence as well as preparation for such incidents,” said Eileen Shihadeh, senior vice president, Raptor Technologies. “Businesses, organizations, and schools need to come together to improve preventative measures such as identification and assessment of threatening or tell-tale behaviors, and emergency planning such as practicing regular lockdown drills and making sure schools have effective incident management tools in place.”

Michele Gay, a Sandy Hook parent who lost her daughter in the 2012 shooting and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools added, “The fact that you’re seeing parents willing to spend their own money on school security measures speaks volumes. It’s a sign of the times that we now live in a world where parents and students feel security upgrades are outranking the need for academic or athletic priorities. This all underscores the need across the board for better solutions to help ensure a safe school year.”

The survey asked parents and students where school security and safety falls in their priorities for school improvements, and both students and parents prioritized “school safety” over academics, arts, and sports.

Additional Survey Highlights

  • The majority of parents (54 percent) felt school safety and security deserved the most additional school funding.
    • Thirty-two percent felt it should go towards academics, 6 percent towards sports and 6 percent towards art.
  • In regard to school safety risks, active shooter topped students’ “very worried” list (32 percent).
    • Nineteen percent are “very worried” about sexual assault, bullying (18 percent), physical assault (15 percent), and weather-related emergencies (7 percent).
  • On the other hand, parents are “very worried” about bullying (49 percent), followed by an active shooter (44 percent), physical assault (30 percent), sexual assault (29 percent) and weather-related emergencies (23 percent).
  • Seventy-nine percent of parents said they plan to talk to their children about school safety.
  • Seventy-one percent of students said they will pay more attention to signs of depression or violence in a classmate.

For more information on the survey, visit https://raptortech.com/study/

About Raptor Technologies®

Raptor Technologies is the nation’s leading provider of integrated school safety technologies for K-12 schools across the United States. Founded in 2002, Raptor developed the first web based visitor management system designed for schools. The Raptor® system monitors visitors, contractors, and volunteers who enter a building and provides instant screening for sex offender status and custody orders. The system has flagged more than 50,000 registered sex offenders attempting to enter K-12 schools. In fall of 2017, the company unveiled Raptor Emergency Management®, a system that helps schools prepare for, respond to, and recover from an incident with drill management, active incident management, and parent-student reunification tools. It also provides real-time reporting dashboards that allow administrators the ability to track the status and location of every individual in the event of an emergency. In 2018, over 22,000 schools across the nation trust Raptor to help protect their schools. For more information, visit www.raptortech.com

About Safe and Sounds Schools

Founded in 2013, Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health professionals, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization, started by parents who lost their children in the tragedy at Sandy Hook, delivers crisis prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in nearly every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

Survey Methodology: This survey was conducted online within the United States by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco, on behalf of Raptor Technologies and Safe and Sound. Survata interviewed 501 parents with K-12 kids between August 13-20, 2018, and 501 students ages 13-18 between August 13-15, 2018. Audience was U.S. census representative on region, ethnicity and gender. For complete survey methodology, please contact Ida Yenney.

 

Announces Rania Mankarious as Special Advisor for Strategic Growth

 

Newtown, Conn. – August 22, 2018Safe and Sound Schools today announced Rania Mankarious as special advisor for non-profit strategic growth. In this role, Ms. Mankarious will provide strategic direction and oversight of the organization’s funding initiatives, including partnerships, cause marketing campaigns, and grant applications.

 

Rania Mankarious, new Special Advisor for Strategic Growth for Safe and Sound Schools.

Ms. Mankarious currently leads Crime Stoppers of Houston, one of the largest public safety non-profit organizations in the State of Texas, since 2013. As its CEO, she brings years of experience working with non-profit organizations and specifically the development of programming, strategic planning, development and marketing. Most recently, Mankarious received recognition for building the first ever Crime Stoppers of Houston headquarters, a public safety facility acting as a centralized hub for all things related to public safety. Additionally, studying school trends for over a decade, Mankarious launched the Crime Stoppers Safe School Institute, a program that is proactive in stopping school violence, school shootings, terroristic threats while adapting to the growing concerns around the mental health and emotional health of students.

 

Mankarious has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. As a mother of three, she remembers the moment news broke of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and vowed to reshare her own work to increase the safety of all students, in all schools across Houston. Most recently she has been working with the Office of the Governor to increase Crime Stoppers of Houston’s Safe School Institute programming across the State of Texas.

 

“We have been working with Rania Mankarious in a consulting capacity for several months, and we are thrilled she has agreed to solidify our relationship in this important advisory role,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools.  “Rania’s impressive background strengthens our leadership team, and she has already helped Safe and Sound Schools garner additional resources we need to expand our programs and services, reaching more school communities.”

 

“Public safety is a basic human right. While I care for and remain committed to the security of all, I am especially invested in the safety of all students, in all schools, at all times across this nation,” said Rania Mankarious, J.D. “This issue must be addressed methodically, systematically and with a great understanding for the risks posed against todays student – whether due to violence, social media, bullying, mental health or even just extreme weather. School safety requires deeply complex solutions that do not rise or fall with political emotions or rhetoric. It’s my honor to join forces with Safe and Sound Schools to further their mission of providing more communities with the tools to make their schools safer.”

 

For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, including ways to donate and join its corporate partnership programs, visit https://www.safeandsoundschools.org/support-safe-and-sound-schools/.

 

About Safe and Sound Schools

Founded in 2013, Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization, started by parents who lost their children in the tragedy at Sandy Hook, delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in nearly every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

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