Enhancing School Communication & Reunification

August 24, 2023

School Safety Today podcast, presented by Raptor Technologies.

In today’s episode of School Safety Today by Raptor Technologies, host Michelle Dawn Mooney sat down with John-Michael Keyes, executive director and co-founder of the “I Love U Guys” Foundation to shed light on their mission, collaboration, and unique approach to training, all aimed at protecting the joy of youth. During the podcast, they discussed the following:

• The development and implementation of the Standard Response Protocol, a shared vocabulary between students, staff, and the first responders for school safety.

• Challenges and strategies for reunification of students with parents after a crisis while maintaining accountability and mental health support.

• The Foundation’s unique approach to training with insights from trainers having personal experience in crisis.

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, was established in 2006 after John-Michael and his wife, Ellen, lost their daughter, Emily to a tragic school shooting, Emily’s last text messages that day were, “I love U Guys, K” to her mother, and ”I Love U Guys” to her father, which became the catalyst for their mission to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, school, communities, and government entities.

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