SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND ATTENDED OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY TOWN HALL MEETING:
Held on Tuesday, November 13th, we had a number of professionals from the mental health and family health industry, as well as law enforcement, including Matt Weintraub, District Attorney for Bucks County and local police.
School safety is the biggest issue facing schools in the region, across the state and nationally. The open and frank discussion held before the Thanksgiving break, shed light on the challenges encountered by all of our panelists in their area of work.
Many resources are available to support mental health concerns and needs. We have begun to assemble those resources for families. Please click on this link for more information. Mental Health and Crisis Resources
Overall, the common theme is “if you see something, say something.” In this way, we can all play a part in protecting our community and our schools from harm. If you are concerned about a situation that may result in harm being done, please contact any school office 610–847-5131, ext. 4000 (district office), ext. 2000 (PHS), ext. 1000 (PALMS), ext. 3000 (Durham Nox), ext. 7000 (Tinicum) or ext. 6000 (Springfield).
If the situation needs immediate police action, please contact 911. We all play a role in keeping our schools and our community safe.
At the beginning of the year, the state will be rolling out a tip line to report suspicious or concerning behavior as part of Act 44 (new legislation now in place to support increased school safety). For more information about Act 44, please click on this link: Website Powerpoint (Overview of Act 44).pdf
Also note that part of Act 44 includes grant funding for which schools can apply to further enhance safety and security in schools. Thus far, we have been awarded $25,000 for programming related to mental health. Attached is a synopsis of what the funding will be used for at Palisades. Act 44 Grant Part A Board discussion.pdf