Community Alert Response Generated - Soft Lockdown

April 24, 2019

Dear Nelson and Muskegon High School Parents and Guardians,

Today, at approximately 12:00 pm, the Nelson Elementary and High School main offices received a phone call from our neighborhood police officer (Officer Clark).  Officer Clark indicated that some members of the neighborhood had reported hearing gunshots in the area. While there were no confirmations of gunshots or guns in the area, Officer Clark recommended that we go into a “Soft Lockdown.”  A Soft Lockdown is an emergency procedure used at school whenever there may be an outside risk to our staff or scholars. During a Soft Lockdown, we have all staff and scholars stay in the building, we limit movement within our halls, and we prevent people from coming in or out of the building.  After about 30 minutes, Community Officer Clark called back and confirmed that everything was safe, and that we could go back to our normal routines and procedures. I want you all to know that we practice lockdowns (both “Soft” and “Hard”) along with fire and tornado drills several times each year and our students did a great job during today’s lockdown.  If you have any questions about today’s incident, or any other questions about our emergency procedures, please feel free to contact our Superintendent at 231-720-2004. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep your scholars safe each and every day here at Muskegon Public Schools.


Dr. Brian Gamm and Dr. Arthur Garner
Nelson Elementary
Muskegon High School

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MPS MVP Volunteers
Volunteers Wanted!!! Share your gifts, time and talents


Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community.

Community Volunteers who partner in our schools enhance educational programming and strengthen relationships with all who seek the best for our students. Parents/guardians, grandparents, alumni, churches, businesses/business owners, or interested community members can share time, knowledge and abilities with students through the Muskegon Volunteer Program (MVP).

To become a Big Red MVP:

  • Complete the State of Michigan ICHAT Criminal Background History Check form, and wavier available at any district building, at the Office of Volunteer Services (Hackley Administration Building, Office 103), or download a copy from this website (see below) and return the form to the Office of Volunteer Services for processing.
  • Once the applicant clears the background history check, they complete the MVP Application, (see, below) online application; or this application is available in the Office of Volunteer Services, Office 103 at the Hackley Administration building.
  • Upon acceptance and orientation completion an assignment to a MPS District building and/or program will be made.

MPS Criminal History Consent Form and Sex Offenders Registry Consent Form Click this link, print the form, complete and sign the form, submit to District Volunteer Coordinator, T. Kay Pittman at the Hackley Administration Building, Office 103.

Muskegon Volunteer Program (MVP) Application Click this link for the online application.

MPS Accident/Incident Wavier: I’m sorry the form is not available on line at this time.

If you need additional information, please contact T. Kay Pittman at (231) 720-2039 or via email, tpittman@mpsk12.net

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Kay Pittman, Volunteer Coordinator/Foster Care Liaison