For Immediate Help
Macomb County Community Mental Health
- Call 855-99-MCCMH (855-996-2264) to schedule an appointment; same day appointments are available.
- For immediate help, call the Crisis Line 24/7 at 586-307-9100.
Crisis Text Line
- Text 'Hello' or 'Help' to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.
If you are having an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Community Conversation on School Safety
Join us March 13 from 6-7 p.m. for a conversation about the physical safety and mental health protocols in place in our district. The meeting will be held in the Fraser High School Media Center, 34270 Garfield.
The conversation will be lead by:
- Superintendent Dr. Carrie Wozniak
- Assistant Superintendent of Safety, Facilities and Transportation Mr. Dan Waters
- Special Education Director Ms. Jane Sturgell
- Special Education Supervisor Mrs. Bridget Murawski
The conversation will be recorded and posted on this page if you are unable to attend.
What Has Fraser Done to Address School Safety?
In Fraser Public Schools, we take a proactive approach to ensuring our schools and students are safe. Every member of our staff works to create a culture of belonging for each student.
Mental Health Supports
Fraser has a longstanding commitment to the mental health and safety of students. The district has the highest ratio of trained mental health staff to students in any public school district in the county. The mental health teams work closely with building leaders to address all threats that are reported.
The district also provides social-emotional screenings several times a year. This data helps to place the students on the correct tier in our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. It also allows the teachers and mental health teams to monitor the progress of and provide support for each student, as well as identify any changes or causes for concern.
We incorporate the Second Step program into all of our K-8 classrooms. Teachers share weekly, age-appropriate virtual lessons during class time with students to help them with various social and emotional skills.
In late 2019, FPS partnered with Secure Education Consultants (SEC), an independent school security company, to review all the safety measures in place throughout the district. Teams from SEC observed each school and building and found the district had many strong security measures in place. The team from SEC also helped develop the Emergency Response Protocols flip books, which provide quick access to addressing a variety of emergency situations.
All district staff are provided annual professional development that covers various safety scenarios as well as what to do in the event of a real emergency.
Using a threat assessment and response protocol, the principal or building leader and mental health team quickly investigate to determine if the threat is substantive or transient. The protocol also outlines when to involve local law enforcement.
We continue to have a strong relationship with the Fraser Police Department, as well as the Roseville and Clinton Township Police Departments. We have a full-time Fraser Police Liaison, Officer Alex McCown. While he has an office at Fraser High School, he works in all of our other schools as part of his duties.
Grant Funds Will Enhance Safety, Security
The district continuously works on enhancing school security, including utilizing and applying for eligible grant funds to maximize our budget and remain fiscally responsible. We are always reviewing, practicing, and exploring opportunities to make our buildings as safe as possible. By applying for both competitive and state grants, we have been able to make significant improvements to our campuses.
During the 2022-2023 school year, the district was awarded $450,000 through the Section 97 Student Safety Improvement grant as well as a competitive school safety grant from the Michigan State Police for $250,000.
“We know how important it is to be deliberate in how we spend our taxpayer dollars. By leveraging these grant opportunities with potential bond dollars, we can make safety enhancements that are critical to keeping our schools safe and creating an environment that allows for all children to learn,” said Superintendent Dr. Carrie Wozniak. “Along with these grants, the Board is considering a no-tax-rate-increase bond proposal next spring. These one-time grant funds will allow us to leverage potential bond funds in an even more strategic and targeted way.”
The Section 97 funds will be used for several security improvements.
First, all classrooms will be fitted with an interior lock/unlock indicator. During annual school safety meetings, teachers expressed a desire for the indicators to be sure their door was locked in the event of an emergency.
Second, the Section 97 grant will be used to purchase additional Columbine locks for all remaining doors in our schools. The locks allow any building staff member to lock the door from inside the room. Classrooms already had Columbine locks; the additional locks will secure the remaining doors which include social workers' offices, conference rooms and breakout rooms.
The final portion of the Section 97 funds, along with the Michigan State Police grant and a portion of the Childcare Stabilization Grant, will be used to purchase a new state-of-the-art PA system for all schools and the Dooley Center.
“We are always looking for ways to be proactive when it comes to school safety,” said Dan Waters, assistant superintendent of safety, facilities and transportation. “The new PA system is one of the best in the country and will give us a quicker response in the event we need to lockdown or lockout.”
The updated PA system will allow for two-way communication with classrooms, between buildings and easier access to adjust bells for speed days or early releases. It also allows for emergency notifications such as lockout, lockdown or evacuation.
Work was completed in summer 2023.