MSDE and the Maryland Center for School Safety aimed a special spotlight on Campus Safety in a unique meeting this April. As a response to recent schoolsafety concerns that many students, parents and educators have brought to light in the wake of tragic gun violence situations, MSDE has worked hand in hand with the center tocreate discussion opportunities for school staff, law enforcement and educators alike to voice their concerns.

As part of these efforts MSDE and the Maryland Center for School Safety held the 2018 Maryland School Safety Summit. SummitLeaders from Maryland’s 24 local school systems attended the meeting held in Annapolis on April 19th. The summit focused on state-of-the art preparation and prevention ideas and protocols that were followed by discussion groups, comprised of school system administrators and guidance staff along with local law enforcement, fire departments, EMTs, and emergency management officials.

The summit also stood as an occasion to honor Deputy Blaine Gaskill, the school resource officer credited with quickly ending the Great Mills High School shooting in St. Mary’s County. Officer Gaskill was honored by Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Salmon for his heroism. For a video highlight of Officer Blaine Gaskill’s Recognition Ceremony, look below!