Safer Kids

Safer Schools

The Safer Kids, Safer Schools (SKSS) task force is a short-term, citizen-led, open dialogue dedicated to exploring perspectives and solutions to increase the safety and well-being of the youth in our schools and our community.

Phase I was completed October 2022 through January 2023 when over 30 task force members engaged in discussion and productive inquiry around well-being and physical safety.

Phase II involved community engagement and the exploration of risk factor root causes and potential solutions. These sessions ran from April 2023 through May 2023.

The next phase involves input from a Youth Advisory Council and the creation of our final report to the TCAPS board and the Grand Traverse Community.


The Safer Kids, Safer Schools (SKSS) final report has been completed and is linked below. Thank you for your participation in the SKSS Public Input Sessions. Together, we learned much about preventing school shootings and understand the urgent and important work that lies ahead in our schools and in our community.

We will present our report and findings to the TCAPS School Board at their 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, November 13, 2023 at the Boardman Building. Please plan to attend!

We encourage you to share this report with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. It is our civic responsibility to help identify young people in crisis and care for their well-being. Keeping our kids safer at school and in our community requires a new form of community literacy and action. Together we must support this work with compassion, time, energy and resources. The challenges are too great and the stakes are too high to ignore.

Safer Kids Safer Schools Final Report Summary

Safer Kids Safer Schools Final ReportĀ 

Safer Kids Safer Schools Recommended Strategies


Strong connections to peers and teachers leads to Safer Kids & Safer Schools. Please sign the online petition (and share it with all of your personal networks) to encourage TCAPS to support an "Away for the Day" cellphone policy at all of our local public schools.


Read the Safer Kids, Safer Schools Strategy Summary which reflects the second round of community input sessions that were held in person on 5/16/23 and 5/18/23.


We are looking for a diverse group of 7th to 11th graders to be on our Youth Advisory Committee. We'll pay you and feed you! Please let us know if you'd like to nominate someone.


Read our Draft Report - scroll down to read the report


Review the Data Packet from Round I Community Input Sessions - see the "Updates" tab and scroll down to 4/27/23

Community Input Session


Please join us for a Community Input Session about school safety and the ongoing work of
our local Safer Kids, Safer Schools Taskforce. Please plan to attend one session in Round 1
and one session in Round 2.

Safer Kids, Safer Schools Task Force

Draft Report of March 20, 2023

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This website is where you can find out what’s happened at each session. The SKSS task force will prepare a recommendation report at the end of their time together. This report will be shared with TCAPS, community partners and stakeholders, and be available for public on this website. You can also use the sign-up form on the left to join our mailing list.