DPS and HAP Partner to Create a New Child Safety ID Card Initiative to Bolster Safety Measures in an Emergency
Detroit, Michigan. - November 12, 2013 - Detroit Public Schools today announced a partnership with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) to strengthen the safety and security of DPS students through a new Child Safety ID Card Initiative to be offered at four pilot schools.
"We take the safety and security of our students extremely seriously and are proud that we have reduced the number of incidents in and around our campuses," said Emergency Manager Jack Martin. "This new Child Safety ID Card program will be a major enhancement to assist police in the event of an emergency."
The program will launch as a pilot in November and December at Maybury, Gardner, Bagley and Chrysler elementary schools.
The new Child Safety ID Card Initiative corresponds with Detroit Public Schools' 5-year Strategic Plan entitled "Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools," which calls for increased safety in and around schools to expand Safe Routes and more volunteer citizen patrols near school campuses. DPS is also instituting and enforcing a new district-wide Attendance Policy and other safety initiatives in response to feedback from hundreds of parents, community members and stakeholders.
Each child enrolled in these schools will have the opportunity to be photographed, as well as have a fingerprint taken, so that the district can create a personalized Child Safety ID Card.
One copy of the card will be issued to the parent/guardian and another will be kept on file at Detroit Public Schools in the event of an emergency. Fingerprints on file are a unique addition to this initiative and would only be utilized in circumstances in which State Police or Federal Agencies' assistance is needed. The program is entirely voluntary. Parents must complete a permission slip to participate in the program.
Once the program has been launched successfully at the four pilot sites, it will be evaluated to determine how to implement it throughout DPS elementary schools.
"This new Child Safety ID Card system will be a powerful new tool in the event of an emergency," said DPS Police Chief Roderick Grimes.
The cost of the technology supporting the program is partially funded by HAP.
"School safety is one of the top concerns of every parent or guardian," said HAP's vice president for community outreach, DeAndre Lipscomb. "The Child Safety ID Card program is an important part of the DPS strategy to ensure students and neighborhoods are safe. HAP is proud to sponsor a program that provides families and law enforcement with critical information if a child becomes lost or missing."