I am pleased to announce several significant positive developments regarding our district safety goal.
The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced on October 31 that WCS will receive a $110,222 grant via the MSP Competitive School Safety Grant Program. Successfully receiving funding from this highly competitive grant program was the result of months of careful planning, assessment, and collaboration. The MSP grant will allow WCS to accelerate the implementation of security enhancements throughout the district.
All district schools were awarded MI Heart Safe School status in October after an extensive implementation and application process. MI Heart Safe Schools are required to have properly located AEDs, a detailed cardiac emergency response plan as well as validated cardiac response teams. All schools at WCS will soon be displaying banners indicating they have earned this designation. The MI Heart Safe School initiative was lead by Mr. Michael Freeman and Ms. Ash Wilkie.
WCS has finalized a partnership with McLaren Hospital to implement the “Stop the Bleed” program throughout all its schools. Stop the Bleed is a Department of Defense initiative that promotes training to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and manmade and natural disasters. In conjunction with NIESA, staff at all buildings will receive this training during the course of this school year. Additionally, the District will receive numerous triage kits that will be located in strategic areas in all of our schools.
To read the district safety goals, visit our website or click here. I look forward to providing additional updates on these and other safety initiatives throughout this school year.