AAPS Leadership on the Issue of Student Safety in Schools
The Ann Arbor Public Schools, under the leadership of the Board of Education, has long been a leader in the work to keep our students, classrooms and schools safe and gun free. In April 2015, the AAPS enacted policies 5400, 5410, and 5420 addressing Safe & Disruption-Free Environment and Dangerous Weapon and Disruption-Free Zones. These district policies have been upheld by the Washtenaw County Circuit Court when on September 24, 2015 Judge Carol Kuhnke agreed with the district, upheld the policies and dismissed the plaintiff’s case. On December 15, 2016, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion upholding the decision of Judge Kuhnke. The Ann Arbor Public Schools case is anticipated to come before the Michigan Supreme Court later this spring.
Our commitment and determination are absolute and we will do everything in our power to always maintain a safe, nurturing, and comfortable learning environment for our children. The safety and well being of our children, staff, and parents will remain the focus and priority of our policies, regulations, and daily practice throughout our district. The presence of guns in schools runs contrary to everything we hold dear in education, and we believe it is counterproductive to maintaining a rich, productive, and healthy learning environment for our children.