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Health and Safety




Health and Safety Committee:  Assists in evaluating MCPS policies and practices to determine areas of concern for the safety and well-being of students and teachers, and works as a partner with MCPS and other community leaders to advocate for improvement. Guided by the philosophy that every student and teacher has an inherent right to be in a safe, healthy and secure environment while they are under the care of the public school system.

CLICK HERE for Health & Safety Committee 2013-2014 Work Plan


The safety and security of students and staff a top priority each and every day. All MCPS schools have specific emergency response plans and drills are conducted several times throughout the year. MCPS is in the process of developing new resources for parents, students and staff about safety and security procedures. The school district has posted a new video and other information on its Emergency Preparedness website. These resources provide details about school safety procedures and review the different levels of response—Lockdown, Evacuation and Shelter in Place. Please take some time to learn more about our emergency procedures: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/preparedness/


National PTA Health and Safety Resources
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School Resource Officers (SROs)


MCCPTA has advocated in favor of restoring SROs, and having one in each high school cluster for several years. In 2012-2013, the County Council voted to double the number of SROs; restoring six positions.
CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR RESOLUTION AND STANCE
 


WALK-TO-SCHOOL DAY TOOLKIT


CLICK HERE for a guide to getting your school community involved!
Guide provided by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation


 

EDIBLE GARDENS

Laurie Jenkins, Director of the Department of Outdoor Environmental Education Programs (OEEP) in MCPS, has asked MCCPTA to work with her to increase awareness of and support OEEP's goal of getting edible gardens at all MCPS schools.  MCCPTA will be looking into how we can make edible gardens a reality at ALL schools

MCCPTA decided as an organization to adopt a position strongly in favor of these gardens in January 2011.  
 
To learn more about OEEP, and all of its programs, here is the website: 
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/outdoored/