APS gets high marks for school safety in survey

ALPENA — Despite recent school threats that forced the closure of Alpena’s junior high and high school, Alpena teachers, parents, and students overwhelmingly say students are safe at school and the district makes the right calls on student safety, according to the results of a district survey.

However, about one in five residents think district officials made the wrong calls and kids are not safe at school.

The survey of 927 people — including about 45% parents, 33% students, and 10% teachers — found that about eight in 10 Alpenans either agreed or strongly agreed students are safe at school, according to the results released Tuesday.

About 15% disagreed and 5% strongly disagreed.

Asked if district officials made the right decisions on school safety, 76% said they did and 24% said they did not.

And more than 79% said they feel the district keeps them well-informed on school safety and security, while more than 20% said the district did not.

“We are thankful for the feedback from our community and will continue to work toward providing good communication and a safe setting for our students,” the district said in a news release.

The district conducted the survey online from Dec. 21 to Jan. 15, according to the news release.

The survey came on the heels of two separate threats from two APS students on Dec. 8 that caused the district to close Thunder Bay Junior High School, Alpena High School, and Alternative Choices for Educational Success Academy. Both threats referred to the use of guns.

Officials did not share the ages of the students making the threats or whether the threats were directed toward any specific individuals within the school but said they expected the threats to lead to criminal charges.

Those threats came on the heels of the Nov. 30 massacre at Oxford High School in Southeast Michigan that left four students dead and six students and a teacher injured.

In the days and weeks immediately following the Oxford shooting, dozens of districts across the state were forced to close because of threats.

Check out the interactive graphic below.

Safety Results by Justin Hinkley on Scribd


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