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Madison Metropolitan School District

Safety and Student Wellness Ad Hoc Committee

The Board of Education has voted to establish an Ad Hoc committee relative to Safety and Student Wellness. The committee is composed of 13 people recommended by the Board of Education, with Board member ananda mirilli and student Gordon Allen as co-chairs.

With the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued gaps in community mental health and wellness services, this committee aims to collaborate with youth, families, school partners, district staff, and community leaders to address root causes of student disengagement and behavior. 

Mission/Charge of the Committee

The mission of the committee is to create and implement a vision of Safety & Student Wellness through community engagement and action. This work will include making recommendations to the Board of Education around strategies and creating a system of accountability among partners and stakeholders. 

Draft plan

Guiding Questions: 

  • What is our vision for student safety and wellness? 
  • What would you like MMSD to do differently or more? 
  • What are you committed to doing to support our vision?

Membership and Meeting Frequency

Four stakeholder groups will allow the core group of voting members to engage with stakeholders in order to keep them informed of the work, and provide opportunities for feedback. 

At the start, the committee plans to meet every other week. They may reduce that cadence to once per month, as the committee sees fit. At this time, they anticipate meeting for 18 months. 

Ad Hoc Core Committee Membership (April 2, 2022)

Meeting Notice

Ad Hoc Committee meeting dates/times, agendas, and minutes are published on BoardDocs.

View meeting agendas and notices

Meetings are also broadcast on the Board of Education's YouTube channel.

Watch meetings on YouTube

Recent Updates

The July 14, 2022, Safety & Student Wellness ad hoc meeting started with updates from stakeholder group liaisons. Liaisons have connected with scores of organizations, including non-profits and neighborhood sessions. They have held in-person and virtual feedback sessions and also offered on-one-one interviews. 

Read More about July 14, 2022

At the June 30th committee meeting, members discussed the possibility of adding a form to the website inviting people to offer feedback, whether directly related to the guiding questions or unrelated. Communications will work with committee leaders to add this.  

Members again discussed some challenges they feel schools face in communicating in a timely manner when safety incidents occur, with some stating that staff, students, and families should receive transparent and more timely communication. Members plan to invite additional staff from the Superintendent's office, MMSD's legal department, and the district's critical response team to a future meeting to discuss these concerns and learn more about current practices. It was also suggested that some principals from elementary, middle, and high schools be present as well for their perspective. 

Read More about June 30, 2022 meeting recap

At the last committee meeting on April 12, 2022, the committee agreed to build on their exploration of their guiding questions (what is your vision for student safety and wellness, and what would you like MMSD to do differently or more) as they prepare to eventually make formal recommendations to the Board of Education.  

However, with the Uvalde, Texas school shooting massacre occurring just two days before this meeting, members paused to take time to process and reflect on their feelings about the tragedy and how the incident is impacting their feelings about school safety. 

Read More about May 26, 2022 Meeting Recap

Share Feedback

Madison, we want to hear from you. We would appreciate hearing from you as you reflect on the questions we are asking. We want to hear your vision of what student wellness and safety looks like in MMSD. 

Or, if you are an individual or community organization with specific resources, programs, or investment ideas to make our vision come alive in Madison schools, your guidance and advice is  invaluable. Please be as specific as possible so we can incorporate your ideas and contact you if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and support the mental, social-emotional, and physical health of our students in schools.