Palisades Hosts Safety and Security Town Hall Meeting

Panelists for PSD Town Hall Safety and Security Meeting

Panelists for Safety and Security Town Hall Including Bucks County DA, Matt Weintraub

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