School Safety

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Overview

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners recognizes the critical importance of creating physically and emotionally safe learning environments for all Oakland County students. This webpage is intended to serve as a resource for youth, parents, teachers, professionals and anyone interested in learning more about how to make school a safe place for every child. 


Youth Suicide Prevention

The Oakland County Health Division has a wealth of information and resources for youth suicide prevention.

Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force

Parent Toolkit

Make Your Home Suicide Safe

School Toolkit

Suicide Warning Signs

For more information about Oakland County Health Division programs and resources, please contact Health Education at 248-858-4670 or health@oakgov.com.


NEED HELP NOW?

Call/Text 800-231-1127 Common Ground Resource & Crisis Helpline

Call 800-273-TALK (8255) - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Text "Hello" to 741741 - Crisis Text Line

Chat with a crisis counselor online


Active Shooter Preparedness

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office provides or recommends a number of resource guides and trainings to help prepare for an active shooter situation in a school or another public space.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office - Active Assailant Guide

VIDEO: Oakland County Sheriff's Office - Active Shooter Training

DHS Emergency Action Plan Guide - Active Shooter Preparedness

For more information about active shooter preparedness or to request an Oakland County Sheriff's Office active shooter training, please contact Lt. Russell Yeiser at 248-858-5474 or yeiserr@oakgov.com.


Anti-Bullying Resources

Oakland Schools provides or recommends a number of key anti-bullying resources to help make school physically and emotionally safe for every Oakland County student.

Bullying 101

Cyber-bullying

Official U.S. Government Anti-Bullying Website

International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA)

For more information about Oakland Schools anti-bullying resources and trainings, please contact Julie McDaniel, Student Safety and Well-Being Consultant, at 248-209-2346 or julie.mcdaniel@oakland.k12.mi.us.



Other Useful Resources

Violence Prevention

Veto Violence (CDC)

Veto Violence offers training, tips and tools designed specifically for prevention practitioners to help launch or enhance local prevention efforts.

OK2SAY

OKAY2SAY is a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats.

Keeping Our Students Safe: How to Prepare for and Prevent Violent Situations at School

This guide provides insight from school safety and mental health experts, as well as concrete and practical advice for educators, administrators, parents and students.


Gun Violence Prevention

Say Something Training (Sandy Hook Promise)

Education and awareness program that provides tools and practices to recognize signs and signals of a potential threat, teach participants how to take action and raise awareness about the need to "Say Something."

Safety Assessment & Intervention

An evidence-based prevention program to evaluate and resolve threatening behaviors before they escalate into violence.


Dating Violence Prevention

Dating Matters

Teen dating violence prevention online training for anyone working with youth.

Safe Dates

Oakland County Health Division provides this evidence-based program to prevent dating violence.


Social Media Safety

Oakland County Health Division Webpage

Social Media Safety Factsheet for Parents & Caregivers

Think Before You Share


Mental Health & Emotional Support Services

Affirmations

Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.

Common Ground

Common Ground provides a wide variety of trauma recovery and support services to help people move from crisis to hope.

Community Network Health

CNS provides comprehensive psychotherapy and psychiatry services for minors.

Easterseals Michigan - Children's Services

Easterseals Michigan offers a variety of services (autism, family behavioral health, children's development and more) depending on a child's individual needs.

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to 3,000 individuals with special needs and their families by providing recreational, social, educational and vocational programming. Friendship Circle also provides support to individuals and families struggling with isolation, addiction and other family-related crises.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Metro

NAMI Metro is a grass roots all volunteer organization providing education, support and advocacy resources for family, caregivers and individuals with mental illness in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties of Southeastern Michigan.

New Oakland Family Centers

New Oakland Family Centers provides quality, compassionate mental health services for children, teens, adults and families.

Oakland County Youth Assistance

Youth Assistance is a community-based program whose mission is to strengthen youth and families and to prevent and reduce delinquency, neglect, and abuse through  community involvement. Youth Assistance initiatives are supported by a unique tri-sponsorship agreement between the Circuit Court, local school districts, and local municipalities.

Oakland Family Services

Oakland Family Services is a private, nonprofit human service organization offering a continuum of prevention, education and treatment services, including child development programs, free preschool for at-risk youth, and counseling services for those of all ages dealing with depression, anxiety, substance use issues, and severe emotional disturbance in youth. Oakland Family Services has five locations across Oakland County, in Pontiac, Berkley, Rochester and Walled Lake.