Today, Chicago Public Schools announced it is partnering with five Chicago community groups to create alternatives to police in schools. The five groups are: The Ark of St. Sabina, BUILD Inc., Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), Mikva Challenge and Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE). Each group will receive a $30,000 grant for the work, which was funded by private philanthropy, according to a CPS press release.
“In this unprecedented time we have to take time to rethink safety. Safety is not just the physical space but encompasses the emotional and psychological well-being of our children,” said Lynn Morton, a parent leader of COFI.
The Whole School Safety Committee will host 10 community engagement sessions in February, synthesizing community feedback into 5-10 recommendations for the district to consider. To keep up with the Whole School Safety Planning Process and sign up to participate in meetings, go to bit.ly/WholeSchoolSafety.