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Safe Schools For Alex

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Raised by 375 people in 14 months
Safe Schools for Alex is pleased to partner with Saber Interactive and NBA 2K to launch a free downloadable content drop on the NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 game on March 7, 2019. This exciting new launch will feature the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Marching Band with Vanilla Ice as well as a custom Marjory Stoneman Douglas basketball court, sound bites from celebrities and athletes, and plenty of familiar faces in the crowd.

Saber Interactive and NBA 2K will be matching all donations up to $100,000, benefitting Safe Schools for Alex and helping continue Saber Interactive and NBA 2K important work of keeping our children and teachers safe in schools across America. Donate before April 1st to participate in this matching program, and double your impact!

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Alex Schachter, 14, resided in Parkland, Florida for the last eight years. Alex was tragically killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. Alex was one of the first students to be killed when the shooter unlawfully entered the Freshman building armed with an AR-15 that he aimed through a window outside of his classroom, preying on the defenseless and senselessly taking Alex and his classmates away from their family and friends forever. He is survived by his heartbroken parents , three siblings, grandparents and countless cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

In an effort to protect all our children and teachers, the Safe Schools For Alex campaign will be used to support the efforts of a nationwide school safety commission spearheaded by Alex’s father, Max Schachter. Schachter convened the first commission meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018 in Parkland, Fl. Over 25 school safety experts from across the United States helped identify state of the art school safety guidelines and best practices including training methods that will enable the commission to develop a blueprint to make schools safe nationwide. Attending the meeting were Police Chiefs and Sheriffs from Los Angeles, Orange County, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, Indiana, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach County. In addition, seasoned school safety directors and subject matter experts rounded out the national field of officials attending and contributing to the forum. Of note, in attendance were representatives from the “safest school in America”, which is located in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Some of the safety features and best practices discussed included a secure network that is connected to an emergency 911 call center and teachers wearing a fob that can immediately alert that call center. The police call center will then have the ability to lock all ballistic hardened and bullet proof classroom doors and have the ability to locate the attacker and hinder their ability to see and harm students. Teachers are able to communicate with authorities in order to protect their students and each classroom has a designated safe space. “All school safety systems should allow teachers to teach and students to learn, so they do not have to worry about being shot in their classrooms,” says Schachter.

The commission’s blueprint will include multiple layers of security, crime prevention through environmental design, active intelligence, command/control/coordination with a single entity and local law enforcement. It will also recommend having a School Resource Officer or School Policing program that is based on a data driven, community policing approach.
 
“There are simple strategies and processes that can be implemented right now to make our schools safe. For instance, if Marjory Stoneman Douglas would have had bullet proof glass windows in all classroom doors, Alex Schachter and many other victims would still be alive today, says Schachter.”
 
Once the commission’s blueprint is created, Safe Schools for Alex will issue grants to schools across the country to assist them in hardening their structures so they can better protect themselves from these horrible tragedies in the future.

Please help keep Alex’s spirit alive by keeping future generations of children safe at school. This page has been set up by the family of Alex Schachter in Parkland, Florida. Thank you all for your support and generosity.
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February 2019

Dear Supporter,

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the Parkland Shooting. As Alex’s family was heading into the anniversary week, they wanted to update you on the work Safe Schools for Alex has been doing over the last year to create safer schools and honor Alex’s memory. Max turned his grief, where possible, into effective action in the hopes of preventing the next school shooting or at the very least mitigating the loss of life if there is one.

• Max spend the year traveling the world learning about Safe School best practices,
• 2019 will see him speaking around the country on ‘Lessons Learned, a Year Later,’
• Max was appointed by Former Governor of Florida Rick Scott to serve as a commissioner on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Their report was published January 2019.
• Max was appointed to Florida Governor DeSantis-Nuñez Gubernatorial Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety Policy.
• Max was seated with the President during the presentation ceremony at the White House of the Federal Commission on School Safety report; the report included Max’s vision of a national clearinghouse of School Safety Best Practices as a recommendation in the report.
• Max has garnered the support of Safe School experts from around the world who have been working in the space for 20+ years each.

SSFA just created its first Strategic Plan. A wide variety of subject area experts, family, friends, and consultants helped to shape the future of SSFA. The process was undertaken with a nonprofit strategy and development consultant, after defining the three goals to guide SSFA over the next two years a working group of Safe School experts from around the country was created to develop the SSFA program that will be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019.

SSFA envisions a world where children learn in safe, violence-free environments.

We hope you will continue supporting our work through donations as SSFA advocates for school safety best practices that can help save lives in the event of another school shooting.

Not one family at MSD thought that a shooting could happen at their school, Max is committed to helping ensure that schools are as safe as they can be and that staff and students are prepared.

Thank you for all of your support over the last year, it meant everything to Max’s family,

Max Schachter
Founder & CEO of Safe Schools for Alex
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RUBIO LEADS COLLEAGUES IN URGING FEDERAL COMMISSION TO CREATE CENTRAL AUTHORITY FOR SCHOOL SAFETY

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led his Senate and House colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and members of the Federal Commission on School Safety, to include in their final recommendation the creation of a central authority to help school districts seeking to improve safety features within new and existing schools. The letter urges DeVos “to ensure tight coordination and collaboration of effort among all federal agencies that are working on different aspects of school safety in order to eliminate duplication, redundancy, and waste of valuable resources.” The Commission, led by Secretary DeVos, also includes Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

Rubio worked closely with Max Schachter – father of Parkland shooting victim, Alex Schachter, and CEO and founder of Safe Schools for Alex – who also testified before the Federal Commission on School Safety on the importance of ensuring our children are safe at school.

Joining Rubio was Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rod Blum (R-IA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Steve Knight (R-CA), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Tom Rooney (R-FL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Keith Rothfus (R-PA).
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Update on School Safety:

Ever since Alex passed away I have been focused on making schools safer for all children. In my attempt to make Marjory Stoneman Douglas safe I sought out the best practices for school safety. When I came to the depressing realization that there were none I formed SafeSchoolsForAlex.org and set out an a mission to create them myself. The United States created fire codes to protect all buildings and it has worked. No child has died in a school fire in 60 years.

As I have traveled the country these last several months I have realized that in pockets of the United States school districts are doing great things to safeguard their campus’s and protect their children and teachers. Unfortunately those great systems, procedures, and technologies have not spread to the rest of the country. Every time I learn about an amazing program it makes me more convinced that if we can produce school safety best practices we will be able to give guidance to schools nationwide to protect all children. It has been 19 years since columbine and nothing has changed. I will do everything I can to make sure things are different after Alex and 16 other beautiful souls were murdered in Parkland, Fl February 14, 2018.

After the Parkland shooting I was tasked with vetting all the companies that wanted to donate their products and services into Marjory Stoneman Douglas. After the Santa Fe High School shooting their school district formed a safety committee and asked all the members of that committee to go on Google to develop their ideas on how to make their school safe. This is the reason we need to create a clearing house / repository of best practices, so schools know where to obtain the best and most cost-effective methods to protect themselves. Schools should not have to go on Google to find out how to make their school safe, ask the father of one of the shooting victims to become a door and ballistics expert, or a mother who has no prior knowledge of school safety to become a metal detector expert. The expertise is in the federal government and law enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security has done a great job securing our airports and our federal buildings. i have asked all the federal agencies and law enforcement to help create school safety best practices and the have all committed to doing so.

My efforts currently are to get Betsy DeVos’s Federal Commission on School Safety to recommend:

1. The creation of an entity that will house and create National School Safety Best Practices.

2. A central authority be appointed to ensure the 5 federal agencies (DOE, DOJ, DHS, FBI, USSS) working on school safety collaborate and coordinate their efforts. Currently they are working in their silos and not working together.

I am pushing both of these issues by constantly communicating with Congress, The Department of Homeland Security, The Department of Justice, The Department of Education, and the White House. In all my conversations with these entities I feel we are making progress. Hopefully we will have good news soon.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support!

Max
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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your donation and all your support. During Alex’s eulogy I talked about how Chicago was Alex’s favorite band and 25 or 6 to 4 is Alex’s favorite song. Chicago found out and gave me free tickets to their July 20 concert at the Coral sky amphitheater in Palm Beach. Let me know if you’re interested in joining a large group of us by emailing me at Max@alexschachter.org I have enough tickets for the first 100 people that respond.
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