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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Donation underscores the importance of anonymous reporting for school safety, and will fund the development of a new threat assessment program

 

Newtown, Conn. – August 15, 2018Safe and Sound Schools today announced a $25,000 grant from report it® to develop a new threat assessment program to help schools improve their safety and security. report it® is a trusted anonymous, confidential reporting app that allows anyone to quickly and easily share concerns and feel confident the right people will receive their report. The two organizations are working together to raise awareness about the importance of anonymous reporting for school safety, specifically its role in early detection for intervention and prevention.

“Our goal is to foster communication, and through that, we can prevent violence,” said Anthony Lavalle, executive director and founder, report it®. “If something isn’t right, then people need so speak up and feel comfortable doing so. If they are uncomfortable speaking in person, they can know that report it® will route their concern to the right in-school designated report recipient , whether it be the school principal, SRO , Guidance Counselor , mental health specialist, or administrator.”

While students often know about potential acts of violence or threats, many are unwilling to communicate due to fear of retaliation. report it® provides a simple solution that allows youth to feel comfortable sharing potential threats, while helping schools prevent violence and improve safety. The report it® platform is accessible from the web or app, is discrete, and allows for the full spectrum of reporting concerns. Anonymous tips to report it®   are automatically routed to the appropriate agency in the city/state where the user is using the app. This saves time and ensures report receipt quick and efficient attention by the proper agency in the nearest jurisdiction.

“report it®’s focus on early detection for intervention and prevention aligns well with Safe and Sound School’s goal of school crisis prevention, response and recovery,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “Anonymity is critical in the school environment. Students and community members who use report it® can be confident their information is not even in the app, which removes a burden from students and opens a direct channel of communication.”

report it®’s donation to Safe and Sound Schools will fund a new program targeted toward threat assessment available in early 2019. For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, including free assessment tools, tool kits and resources, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

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.

About: Report it com Inc.

Founded in 1999, Report it provides anonymous and confidential hotline/ tip line services for Public & Private k12 Schools, Colleges and Universities, Public & Private Companies, Non Profit Organizations, Hospitals, Municipalities, Federal Government  and Public Utilities etc.  The core mission of the Report it service is to provide a platform that enables our clients to be proactive instead of reactive through early detection for intervention and ultimately prevention.

 

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A portion of proceeds on select products will fund safe school programs and resources

Newtown, Conn. – July 5, 2018 – H&H Medical Corporation, provider of high-quality products for emergency first responders, today kicked off its fundraising campaign to support Safe and Sound Schools. From July 1 through September 31, 2018, H&H Medical Corporation will donate a portion of revenue from online sales of select trauma kits and supplies to Safe and Sound Schools to help fund free programs and resources for school crisis prevention, response, and recovery.

In addition, H&H Medical Corporation is offering eligible products at a discount to online customers to encourage participation and make it easy to purchase these life-saving products. Eligible products include:

“It warms our hearts to see H&H Medical Corporation step up to support our nation’s schools,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “We are grateful to their customers for investing in our programs. School safety is not one person’s responsibility, it is everyone’s responsibility, and through this fundraiser, H&H customers can know they are supporting safer schools.”

“We know our customers will get behind this fundraiser and choose this summer to stock up on trauma kits and supplies because it supports a noble and worthy cause,” said Paul Harder, president, H&H Medical Corporation. “Safety is at the heart of what we do, and we’re even more proud to share in that mission and support the great work of Safe and Sound Schools.”

For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, including free assessment tools, tool kits and resources, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

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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Five-year recurring $20,000 donation to fund school safety programs in Maryland

 

Baltimore, Md. – May 8, 2018Building for God Community Foundation today welcomed Safe and Sound Schools and its Maryland Safety Initiative in to the Champion in Life Partnership Program in recognition of Safe and Sound Schools’ ongoing efforts to help communicate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from school-based crises.

As a Champion in Life Partner, Safe and Sound Schools will receive a $20,000 recurring grant award, matching individual, corporate, and foundation gifts for five years. With this funding, Safe and Sound Schools will continue and expand its Maryland Safety Initiative program with dedicated trainings, workshops, and education programs exclusively for Maryland school districts. In its State of School Safety 2018 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 Maryland Safety Initiative program, funded by the Building for God Community Foundation, directly addresses this need for all the families in Maryland.

“Tapping into the knowledge from the Safe and Sound Schools team of national experts will help strengthen our schools’ abilities to guard against a wide variety of threats,” said Michael O. Brooks, Chairman and CEO of 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 throughout our entire state.”

Safe and Sound Schools Maryland Safety Initiative will reach 12 districts, covering 600 elementary, middle and high schools, with the power to impact 400,000 students.

“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 for the opportunity to invest further in the Maryland Safety Initiative, rolling out new programs to help our schools tackle the challenge of school safety in a meaningful way, with lasting impact.”

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 nonprofits the Foundation supports, visit www.bfgcommunityfoundation.org.

 

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.

 

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. Built on the idea that life’s purpose is to serve, love, and care for the needs of others. Since its founding, Building for God Community Foundation as 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.bfgcommunityfoundation.org.

 

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  • Students are dissatisfied with the state of school safety and see it very differently from educators and parents.
  • Our current state of readiness against safety threats is too narrow, with not enough input from the entire school community.
  • A difference in safety perceptions exists among schools with fewer than 500 students.

NEWTOWN, Conn.—May 7, 2018—Safe and Sound Schools (SASS), a nonprofit organization that delivers crisis-prevention, response and recovery programs for schools, today published its “State of School Safety Report 2018,” the results of its first-ever survey exploring perceptions of safety at schools among parents, students, educators, and the general public. The findings outline perceptions among stakeholders, and looks at the current state of threats, from threats received to future threats, as well as preparedness for those safety risks.

The first major finding of the survey is that a substantial communication gap exists between educators and other stakeholders, namely parents and students. Educators are more confident in their overall preparedness, safety and ability to handle a wide array of safety threats, perceived shortcomings, expertise and communications than other stakeholder groups. This confidence, however, translates into a knowledge gap for others in the school community.

“The State of School Safety survey points to the need for educators and administrators to focus on simple, honest communication to parents and students, and listen more to their concerns and feedback,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “Opening up avenues for communication will empower school communities to bring to light additional vulnerabilities and solutions, speed up implementation of safety initiatives and reduce anxiety associated with lack of knowledge.”

In this figure from the State of School Safety Report, we see educators report higher levels of feeling “extremely or very safe” with their level of preparedness for any safety incident, as compared to parents, students, and the general community.

Additional survey highlights include:

  • Students deserve a seat at the school-safety table. Only half of students surveyed feel safe when they are at school. Students also believe their school is in denial that it could be in danger, and more than half of students surveyed think there is a lack of awareness about school safety issues and that their school has a false sense of security that things happening around the country couldn’t happen in their school.
  • Threat assessment must be broadened beyond school-based shootings to include other common threats to school safety. These include bullying, weather, physical abuse, suicide, and racially- or minority-focused vandalism. All four respondent groups reported having seen more of these threats than other threats.
  • Schools need to involve a team of experts in planning. When asked who is responsible for school safety in their communities, parents, students, educators and general community members had different rankings, assigning different levels of accountability among the wide range of school safety stakeholders. By bringing together experts in mental health and wellness, school resource officers, public safety officials, students, parents and school-based teachers and staff, school communities can garner greater awareness for what is working—and what is not—in school safety.
  • A difference in safety perceptions exists among schools with fewer than 500 students. Educators at small schools—those with fewer than 500 students—report that students feel safe at school at a higher rate than their peers at larger schools. However, students at smaller schools are also less aware of their schools’ safety team and report constrained financial resources.

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools on May 3, 2013, after their respective daughters, Josephine Gay and Emilie Parker, were killed in the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn. The State of School Safety Report marks the fifth anniversary of the organization’s founding, and highlights progress made and opportunities for improvement in school safety. The survey, conducted in early 2018, received 2,872 respondents across four main stakeholder groups: parents of students, students in middle or high school, educators (teachers and other professionals working in schools), and the public at large.

“We live in a climate of anxiety, fear and frustration when it comes to school safety, yet the people who matter most aren’t necessarily heard from,” said Alissa Parker, co-founder of SASS. “Our report has the power to be incredibly instructive for schools across the U.S., as we’ve identified opportunities for near-term improvements. Most important, it shows that we need to give teachers, students, educators and communities the space to bring their insight and ideas to the table in conversations about their school safety plans. By improving communication among a wider range of stakeholders, we can inherently improve our expertise and training.”

Safe and Sound Schools will continue its work to improve overall awareness and resources supporting crisis prevention, response and recovery for improved school safety. To read the full report, please visit the Safe and Sound Schools research page: www.safeandsoundschools.org/research.

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 every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

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WILMINGTON, DE (Mar. 15, 2018) – A diverse group of parents, educators, emergency preparedness and industry groups released the following statement on today’s passage of H.R. 4909, the “STOP School Violence Act of 2018,” by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“We applaud Congress’ efforts to address the important issue of school and student safety. The House’s passage of the ‘STOP School Violence Act’ is one of many steps to fund school security improvements and invest in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens.

“The bill’s passage is encouraging and we are optimistic it will create the momentum and political urgency to deliver a final bill to President Trump.

“We urge the Senate to move swiftly and pass its version of legislation, S. 2495, to clear the way for enactment of a final bill. School districts and states should have maximum flexibility to meet the most critical needs of their schools including facility security. House and Senate leaders should work to achieve an equitable grant distribution that ensures schools can choose options under the bill that meet local needs, and limited funds first go to public schools.

“Educators and communities across the country are moving forward to address security deficiencies in their schools. Funding from Congress will help close those gaps faster.”

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Supporters:
Safe and Sound Schools, National School Boards Association (NSBA), National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), National Council on School Facilities (NCSF), Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Secure Schools Alliance (the Alliance), Security Industry Association (SIA), National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), DHI Door Security + Safety Professionals (DHI), Door Safety and Security Foundation (DSSF), 21st Century School Fund (21CSF)

Media Contact:
Dan Nelson
Secure Schools Alliance
dnelson392000@yahoo.com