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Educators in Monroe County to Receive Active Shooter Response Training (Monroe County Schools to teach program to educators)

Monroe County Schools in partnership with local police agencies are implementing an active shooter response program. During the 2014-15 school year, trained law enforcement officials and school personnel will provide staff training that is based on current research shown to increase survival rate during an active shooter incident.


This action was precipitated by the dramatic increase in school violence and school shootings across the nation. Law enforcement officials have been working in conjunction with Monroe County School districts to select and implement a response method. The group has adopted the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (A.L.I.C.E) program, which provides tactical advantages that teachers and students can use in the event an intruder/shooter enters a school.


An overview of the ALICE approach is:
Alert: Sound an alarm of the situation at hand and call 9-1-1. Information of the situation should be provided by all means possible including the Public Address system. (Ex. Gunman in the cafeteria)


Lockdown: Doors should be locked to provide a time barrier and give students and teachers time to recognize the threat. If they are not in the danger zone they should evacuate as fast as possible.


Inform: If possible, keep teachers, students, and police up to date on the shooters' location inside the school.


Counter: Interrupt the physical act of shooting. If the shooter walks into a classroom or hall and you have no escape route, start throwing anything and everything you can at him/her to interrupt shooting and accuracy. This is a last resort and is a survival process to stay alive. If multiple people can overpower the shooter after being distracted and hit with items, swarm the shooter and detain him/her.


Evacuate: We want as many people away from the situation as possible. If during the alert stage or any other stage the students are not near the shooter, students should evacuate as quickly as possible.


Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone is committed to responding uniformly to this type of emergency and to making sure school personnel are equipped with as much information as possible. The A.L.I.C.E response is also endorsed by the Monroe County Association of Chiefs of Police.


The superintendents in Monroe County have played a key role to ensure this training is implemented. Schools are not taking a "fight back" approach, but rather looking for strategies to neutralize harm done to students and staff.


The superintendents believe that educating staff and students will always be our primary focus. The horrendous attacks that have taken place on school grounds around the country have caused us to elevate our safety measures and do whatever we can to maintain a safe and secure educational environment. We appreciate all the support from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement have invested to make sure that we have a sound safety plan for all Monroe County districts.




Bedford Public Schools Seeking AdvancED Accreditation

Bedford is in the process of updating our accreditation status as a district. We are working with AdvancED. AdvancED performs accreditation evaluations worldwide. For quite some time, our staff has been busy behind the scenes accumulating supporting documentation showing the work we put into providing a quality education to our community. This is followed by an External Review Team Visit to our district on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. This five member team, including regional members as well as national members, will be evaluating Bedford according to AdvancEd Standards in the following five areas:


  • •   Purpose & Direction
  • •   Governance & Leadership
  • •   Teaching & Assessing for Learning
  • •   Resources & Support Systems
  • •   Using Results for Continuous Improvement


The district will take the results of this process, incorporate our mission and vision, and set future School Improvement Goals for our District. The resulting instructional and institutional goals will guide the work of BPS and provide the framework for district planning and initiatives.


OUR VISION: Student Centered • Learning Focused • Community Engaged • Globally Competitive


OUR MISSION: Bedford Public Schools is committed to providing comprehensive educational opportunities that develop productive and responsible citizens in a changing world.




Need Help Keeping New Year's Resolutions? Community Ed Can Help!

The New Community Education Brochure for programs for January to March is now available. You will find a variety of programs to help you stick with your New Year's Resolutions in many areas!


Seeking to Improve Your Employment Outlook? Boost Your Work Skills? GED PREPARATION and BASIC SKILLS: CLASS BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 9th. Sign up on January 26th from 10-4:30 in the Adult Education Office at 1623 West Sterns Road.




NEED PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION? We are a PEARSON VUE Authorized Test Center. We also offer online certificate programs for Administrative Professional, Auto CAD 2011, CompTIA A+, Travel Agent, and Wedding Planner.


Some of our programs are offered at the request of employers. Right now, Boiler Operators are in demand. Interested in taking courses in Lower Pressure Boiler Operation, High Pressure Boiler Operation, or Stationary Steam Engineer? Call the Adult Education Office at 734-850-6050 for more information.


Seeking to Improve Your Physical Fitness?

Several fitness classes are available from Yoga, to Boot Camp, to Dance, to Karate.


Or do something fun! Sign up for an enrichment class or a recreational sport league! See the Community Education Brochure for details on these programs and many more! Register online or stop by the Community Ed Office.



HAC Mobile App Now Available

A new, free, mobile app for the Home Access Center in now available for parents and students! It is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle. The app makes accessing and viewing HAC much easier on a mobile device.

Here is a link to theĀ user guide with further instructions. (Please note that not all components in the userguide are utilized by Bedford.)

Parents and students use the same login credentials for the app as they do for the HAC website.



Upcoming Dates

January 23................1/2 DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS

February 5.................Board of Education Meeting, MRE Cafeteria, 6:30 pm

February 16...............NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day; District closed


Please check the webpages for each of the schools for additional activities or the District Calendar.



Job Postings at Bedford Public Schools

2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...Health Van Driver click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...DRE Speech Language Pathologist click here
2014-2015.....BPS Job Posting...SUB Positions
                          - SECRETARIES NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - CUSTODIANS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - SUB PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED - $9.00 / hour
                          - Food Service Substitute opening. click here
                          - SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED - call (734) 850-6071
Email resumes to or fill out the classified application
(under Human Resources) and mail or drop off at 1623 W. Sterns Rd.,
Temperance, MI 48182.



BPS Accreditation

NCA Accredited BPS has three Elementary Schools, one Junior High School, and one High School.
Our enrollment is about 4,600 students. All of our schools are accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and must meet stringent standards to remain accredited.



Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Bedford Public Schools has two Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools and has earned the Coalition for Community Schools National Award of Excellence!



Our Vision & Mission Statement

BPS is committed to being:
Bedford Public Schools is committed to providing comprehensive educational opportunities that develop productive and responsible citizens in a changing world.

  • Student Centered
  • Learning Focused
  • Community Engaged
  • Globally Competitive




Bedford Public Schools