December 1, 2021 - AAPS Student Safety and Support

AAPS lead, care, inspire graphicHello AAPS Students, Families and Staff, 

Our hearts are broken today for the students, staff and families who have experienced loss of life and the significant trauma of an active shooter yesterday at Oxford High School. 

We join in extending our deepest sympathy and stand in full support of our colleagues, students and families, the entire Oxford Community and all who are directly affected. We know the days ahead will be incredibly challenging and have reached out overnight to extend our support to our neighbors in Oxford. 

Yesterday’s events are a sobering reminder of the possibility of such a tragedy occurring in any school community. Please be assured that the Ann Arbor Public Schools has a comprehensive emergency response plan in place, works closely with local multiple-agency law enforcement, and regularly conducts preparedness drills and activities throughout the year.  The safety of our students and staff will always remain our top priority.  

We are all affected by school tragedies, and we understand that our students, staff, parents and families within our Ann Arbor Public Schools community may be feeling sadness, loss and even fear. Counselors, social workers and student support will be available at school. Please reach out to your school principal, counselor or teacher if you feel your child may need additional support. 

We appreciate that you know your child best and how they may react. The following resources, shared by our school psychologists, may be helpful when talking with your child about this tragedy.

Also, in the AAPS, we utilize OK2SAY as a confidential way to report threats to student safety and school personnel. Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees or schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This is an important time to continue our caring support of our students and our care for each other in this Ann Arbor Public Schools community. I know we will all hold the families of the victims and the entire Oxford community close in our continuing thoughts.


Jeanice K. Swift