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MARYLAND CENTER FOR

SCHOOL SAFETY

"SAFE TO LEARN ACT"

In the last week of the 2018 session, the bill was completely amended by the Senate and delivered to the House early on April 7, the Saturday morning before the session ended. The House Ways and Means Committee then adopted the bill with amendments, and by Saturday afternoon the full House began to take final action on the bill. With final passage on the last day of the session, and the Governor's signature on April 10, the amended Safe to Learn Act will usher in a new era of school safety and security in Maryland’s public schools. The bill is massive in scope, and while accompanied by substantial State funding in FY 2019, it will require significantly greater investments by the State, local governments, and school systems in the years ahead. For example, significant State funding is provided for school facility-related projects and local law enforcement. But, no additional State funding is provided to fulfill one of the bill’s provisions, ensuring that students receive necessary mental health services.

WE PROVIDE TRAINING TECH SOLUTIONS TO ENSURE THE CENTER OF SCHOOL SAFETY, LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MEET THEIR MANDATES EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

How SparkC can assist the Center for School Safety:

  • Disseminate information on best practices, programs, and resources

  • Provide Technical Assistance and Training

  • Conduct collaborative training and preparation exercises

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  • Assist local school systems to identify resources and implement training for students and parents about relationship, violence, identifying the signs of unhealthy relationships, and preventing relationship violence

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  • Provide safety information on traveling to and from school to parents and students twice a year that includes data related to bus and pedestrian safety, strategies for ensuring personal safety, efforts of the local school system or school to improve safety

How SparkC can assist the local school systems:

SparkC will implement best practices for promoting communication and appropriate responses within a school community, including measures for:

  • Training faculty, administrators, administrators, and staff to identify, properly respond to, and report threats or behaviors of concern that may pose a threat to the safety of an individual attending or working in a public school

  • Teaching students to identify, and encouraging students to report, behaviors of concern exhibited by their peers or others that may post a threat to the safety of an individual attending or working in a public school

  • Increasing outreach to and the awareness of partners and guardians concerning the emotional and social health and well-being of students

  • Develop a tailored, on-location Active Shooter Awareness training program focused on emergency management procedures, de-escalation, crisis intervention, active reporting (**procedures will be tailored for this specific location - providing usable information**

OUR SOLUTION

SparkC will provide training technology solutions to ensure that the Center for School Safety, Local school systems, and law enforcement agencies can distribute interactive, immersive training programs across each county, reaching 200+ schools via laptop or mobile device.

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SPECIALIZED TRAINING OPTIONS:

  • Active Shooter awareness training

  • De-escalation techniques

  • Disability awareness

  • Maintaining a positive school climate

  • Constructive interactions with students

  • Crisis Intervention/Active Reporting

  • Cyber-Safety/Identity Protection

  • Personal/After-School safety

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