At the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education Governance meeting on Monday, March 16, the Trustees who serve on the Governance committee confirmed the clear message stated by the Board of Education at last Wednesday’s meeting – they do not want guns on our school campuses.
To ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, and visitors, the Governance committee is drafting and presenting to the Board for consideration at the next Regular Board Meeting a policy that may result in the declaration of all AAPS properties as Weapon Free Zones.
The Board believes that the presence of weapons at school creates a disruption to ensuring a supportive, productive and positive educational environment for our students, staff, parents and visitors during the school day and at all school sponsored events and activities.
Michigan law authorizes school districts to exercise considerable power to ensure proper operation of their schools according to the Revised School Code. In order to educate students, the primary mission of a public school, the safety and welfare of students while at school or a sponsored activity, is paramount.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools has experienced disruptions for students, staff, and other participants when individuals open carry on district property, and as a result, AAPS will not allow weapons on district property, at events on campus or any school sponsored activities.
Public School Districts may restrict the exercise of certain constitutional rights, so long as those restrictions are reasonably related to legitimate educational concerns such as causing disruption to the educational campus, activity or event.
This policy will exclude the presence of official law enforcement on any AAPS property.
Please, lets keep the focus on our students.