MAPS Safety Initiatives
At MAPS we endeavor to reach beyond delivering a curriculum driven learning environment to create a place where all students can receive the guidance and support to overcome challenges in their lives and develop the characteristics they will need to become productive citizens of our community.
Woking together with students, families, staff, and community we have created the following collection of resources to provide support and build initiatives to deliver a safe learning environment for all students.
Student Safety at MAPS
It is district policy to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for every student. We work tirelessly to protect our students from physical harm and aggressive behavior regardless of the subject matter or motivation for such impermissible behavior.
Our Faculty and Administration are committed to the protection of our MAPS students. Through rigorous continuing education we work to ensure appropriate response to both the victim and the aggressor in any situation, to educate our students regarding appropriate behavior and the impact of aggressive behavior, and to understand the ways in which we can proactively protect our students from the unimaginable harm that we have seen befall schools around our country.
Bullying and other aggressive behavior toward any student is strictly prohibited. Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required to report any situation that they believe to be aggressive behavior. If the investigation finds an instance of bullying or aggressive behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial action including referral to law enforcement officials. However, action can only be taken when individuals are encouraged to speak up when they witness or are confronted with aggressive behaviors. Remember: “see something, say something”.
The Faculty and Administration of Manistee Area Public Schools work in conjunction with the City of Manistee Police Department, the Manistee County Sherriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police for ongoing safety training and support. Through these collaborations, communications protocols and safety procedures are developed that ensure an efficient response with utmost concern for the safety of every student. Officers are assigned to each school building in our district to provide a regular law enforcement presence, while allowing these agencies to better understand the needs of our community.
Additionally, these efforts can be coordinated with the Manistee County Juvenile Court and Centra Wellness to provide proactive resources to students and families. Working together providing support and encouragement both at school and at home, we can help our students to communicate their feelings and cope with challenges.
MMHS is an OK2SAY school. This is an anonymous way for students to to let school and law officials know about an unsafe situation in our school. From smoking, vaping, bullying, to weapons – OK2SAY is available statewide for public and private schools in Michigan; anybody can submit a tip. Specially trained technicians receive the tips and filter the information to the appropriate agency to provide a timely and effective response. While we encourage students to come directly to an adult in our building for a situation that needs immediate attention, OK2SAY is a way to get help for students in need.
Centra Wellness Network provides wellness-oriented services and support for individuals with mental illness and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities, and for children with emotional disturbances. Our purpose is to help qualified individuals of all ages in their pursuit of happiness by removing any barriers towards recovery and full community inclusion in order to achieve good mental health and to fully participate in community life, utilizing all its resources in line with their individual needs, wants, and desires. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; we offer a discounted/sliding fee schedule.
Manistee Child Advocacy Center Resources
Please click the links below for resources and information for protecting our children:
Connect with Manistee Child Advocacy Center:
Safety & Support Resources
CENTRA Wellness Network
24-Hour Crisis Hotline 1-877-398-2013
Walk-in crisis intervention services – 2198 US-31, Manistee, MI 49660
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE
CRISIS TEXT LINE
TEXT HOME TO 741741
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA AND ASSOCIATED DISORDERS
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
NATIONAL RUNAWAY SAFELINE
NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE
SUBSTANCE ABUSE and MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE AGENCY
TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
TREVOR PROJECT (LGBTQ+ SUPPORT CENTER)
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MAPS Student Safety Advisory Committee
The Student Safety Advisory Committee (SSAC) served as an advisory committee to our Board of Education formed of parents, students, board members, administration, faculty, a Safe-Net representative, and local law enforcement. This committee met on a monthly basis for over a year to discuss objectives and formulate initiatives to improve student safety in our district. Through their work they helped improve communication to keep our community better informed, created training opportunities for staff and community members, and the identified resources and initiatives for improved safety throughout the district.
In order to establish a standardized expectation for communication, the MAPS Administrative team has worked in conjunction with the volunteers of the Student Safety Advisory Committee to develop a Communication Matrix. This matrix provides an outline of communication expectations with regard to safety related events throughout the district. The Communications Matrix is linked below for your review.