Spring Break Safe Haven programs offered to students

March 31, 2012 9:38:08 AM PDT
Tens of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students are now on spring break, and local officials are pushing to keep them safe.

The Spring Break Safe Haven Program offers a free alternative for students on spring break and provides them with structured activities while they are out of school.

Police united with school officials at Harper High School in West Englewood Friday to announce they will keep an eye on students even while school is not in session.

"All tactical, gang enforcement, saturation and gun teams will work in uniform to provide a heightened presence. School officers working over the spring break will be assigned to those locations where we know teens hang out," Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Eugene Williams said.

Police also plan to enforce curfew violations aggressively every night.

For more information, parents can call 773.553.2500, a CPS news release said.

A list of participating 'safe haven' churches can be found at http://www.cps.edu/Spotlight/Pages/Spotlight302.aspx