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Board Community Dialogue - January 26, 2023

School Safety - Infrastructure, Training, and Response to Threats - Flyer

 
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What do you understand about school safety training and A.L.I.C.E protocols?

Questions presented:
1. We have to do this training and these drills, but how does our talking about what we do/do not
know about A.L.I.C.E training move us forward to safer schools?
2. Does the training make them feel safe or just give them what to do/the motions to go through in
these situations?
3. When basic systems like a school PA system not working, how are we supposed to feel safe?
4. Power to back door-why is it not lit? Stairwell upon entry

  • How can kids focus on learning about the Civil War when they don’t feel safe? Lewisville, TX “America’s Safest School”
  • CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
    For teacher lockdown alarm/button, cloud of gas on perpetrators etc. ….protective tech. in schools
    (PARENTS WILL HELP!)
  • Parents want more after-the-fact info on each lockdown and consequence to perpetrators.
  • Communication to parents on lockdown situations getting faster/better
  • Three lockdowns already this year. One during lunch. Snacks in backpack now

What are the preventive measures?

  • Way too many entry points to each building
  • More police cars/no police cars – BOTH=triggers for kids safety

What about more dogs in our buildings?

  • i.e. weapons/explosives, etc.
  • May help students feel safer
 
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Question #2

What do you feel contributes to the rise in school threats and/or violence?

  • Isolation
  • Forgot how to act in public
  • Been a problem for a long time
  • Violence seen as a way to solve problems
  • Normalization of violence
  • Social Media
  • Feeling left out
  • Anonymity
  • Missing learning how to stand up to bullies
  • How kids see things resolved by adults’/role models
  • Missing conflict resolution skills
  • Trophies for everyone
  • Don’t have moments where kids actually earn something
  • Bad role models/society
  • Discipline-no consequences
  • Farmington High e.g. Lack of awareness of consequences
  • Mental Illness up
  • I am supposed to get my way all the time.
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QUESTION #3

What role do adults outside of school play in helping to prevent school violence?

  • Police Presence
    Parked too far from school entrance
  • Leave for an hour at lunch
  • Students would feel safer with police at front door versus hanging out in their squad cars in the parking
    lot.

Maximize our efforts toward preventing a bad outcome. Help kids feel safe.

  • Bullet proof doors
  • Line of sight
  • Cameras, etc.
  • How can I put my faith in other parents to engage when only 10 of us showed up to discuss school safety?
  • Adults could be more honest and speaking up when we see each other’s kids up to something becoming a “village” again.
  • Much more difficult now to feel comfortable “reporting” on other people’s kids who we know well (adults to adults)
  • Know your kids and their friends
  • How do we get that basic respect under control early (i.e. middle school so that it’s there when the students get to high school/life!
  • Have we done everything we can? NO!
  • What works versus what is just “safety theater?”

QUESTION #1  

  • New – lack of understanding about it for parents and community.COMMUNICATE times 10!!!
  • Practice is important for just in case
  • A.L.I.C.E. developed after Columbine tragedy.
  • Teachers practice and talk through scenarios
  • Metal Detectors? It should be considered
  • Parent Survey to get an idea of how much community knows about safety protocols
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QUESTION #4

To what extent do social media, internet, video games, graphic or explicit music/television influence school safety?

  • Tik Tok Challenge
  • More access to bad stuff
  • Value given to toxicity
  • Cannot be what you can see. Kids see too much these days.
  • Exposure to negativity too normalized
  • Polarization intensity
  • What board policies should be considered in response to safety themes raised in community engagement session and how do we get back to community for feedback?
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QUESTION #4

To what extent do social media, internet, video games, graphic or explicit music/television influence school safety?

Social Medial Internet                                 

  • External influences                                   
  • Roasting- put down others                           
  • Leads to possible threats to school safety and/or individuals being involved in self harm
  • Copycats, mimic (harmful) actions they see online
  • Glorification of violence online, on video games characters, etc.

Explicit Music/TV & Video Games

  • Others involved online leading to bullying
  • Technology savvy/able to learn inappropriate manners
  • Open kids up to adults reaching out to them. Kids sharing info.
  • Video game violence creating rage, possible violence.