Important note on school safety threats

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It has come to our attention this week that reports of violent threats have been made and directed at schools within our district.

Please know that we have been assured that DPSCD Administration and the Detroit Police Department are actively communicating with parents and the general community as well as investigating all reports and responding to them appropriately. We understand that messages aren't getting to staff timely or at all. Communication to staff should come from your building administration or district officials. If this does not occur, let the union know. 

As you know, the safety of our members, other support staff and our students is of paramount importance. We stand with school district leaders, the City of Detroit officials and others in taking a zero tolerance posture when it comes to threats against schools.  

Tomorrow, March 24, students, teachers and other community members will gather at Rivard Plaza on the Detroit RiverWalk beginning at 11 a.m. for Detroit March For Our Lives. The effort, a sister event to the main march being held the same day in Washington D.C., is part of a continuing rallying cry for gun control following a school shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We encourage you to attend. Please see the following Web link for more information regarding the march: https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/

The Detroit Federation of Teachers will continue to place you and our students first.