December 2, 2021 - Superintendent's Update
Hello AAPS Community,
As a result of the tragedy at Oxford High School, today continues a challenging week in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and across all Michigan schools.
At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we are giving close attention to alerts from students and parents concerning social media posts. We have well-established safety protocols that have been developed with local law enforcement and are being followed at this time of heightened concern to assess each issue for credibility. Across the region, school districts are dealing with similar reports from students and parents, often identical images with only the school name changed. Be assured we take every threat seriously and work with local law enforcement to investigate.
In the AAPS, our schools have building level and district wide security protocols in place; the AAPS has used the ALICE intruder protocol for several years, working alongside the multi-agency law enforcement team that supports and coordinates school emergency preparedness work in Washtenaw County.
Further, over the previous two days, we have continued working directly with the Ann Arbor Police Department, Washtenaw County Sheriff, University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and others in coordinating real-time safety support for our Ann Arbor Public schools. Michigan State Police and the FBI also continue to monitor these social media concerns. This safety support work continues literally around the clock.
With the exception of Skyline and Pathways, both having previously scheduled exam half days, all other AAPS schools will remain in session today. We recognize that each student, staff member and family respond differently to these situations and fully respect those who may feel the need to be away from school today; we also know that our classrooms and schools serve as important places where students and staff benefit from much-needed connection, support, learning and familiarity, particularly during these challenging days.
We take all matters of concern and school safety seriously, and we will follow up on the information provided to us, including involving law enforcement. We appreciate that our students and parents understand the importance of "saying something" when they “see something.” Please share concerns directly with your school principal, counselor or teacher. Additionally, OK2SAY is an anonymous form of reporting that will communicate information directly to law enforcement and our school by calling 855-5OK-2SAY, texting 652729 (OK2SAY), or submitting a report at OK2SAY@mi.gov.
Our commitment is that we will continue our priority and focus on student, staff and school safety. We will continue to remain in close communication so that you have confirmed, factual information. We will continue to hold student and staff safety as our top priority in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Jeanice K. Swift
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools