Scottsbluff Continues Proactive Approach to Safety in Schools

Published: Oct. 18, 2018 at 10:06 PM CDT
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Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Rick Myles details what the district is doing to ensure the safety of the students.

For the eighth straight year the school district will conduct an emergency response simulation; this year it will be Monday, October 22nd.

The emergency readiness includes four key areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. This year they are taking a bit of a different approach by having the schools themselves be the first responders and have to take the matter up through the chain of command rather than the other way around like in previous years.

Each school will have a unit stationed to observe them and see how they react and respond to each piece of information as it evolves.

Superintendent Myles likens the idea of how the simulation will work like a choose the path book.

Those in attendance also heard how the school district is taking a proactive approach in safety. After mentioning that this is a never ending approach and it’s a daily thing to look at the overall safety of the students, the district had various members attend active shooter recognition and response training.

The district also has a campus supervisor at Bluffs Middle School and has extended security coverage at events and before/after school.

The district also has two mental health providers at the high school and one at the middle school to give students a chance to talk.

This is all part of the school district’s approach to ensuring every student is looked after and taken care of. Because of their efforts the school district also announced they were the recipient of the 2018 Values Driven Award of Excellence by AdvancED. The award is given to those who systemically model these values through their day-to-day efforts to improve outcomes for their students.

Mike Mason and Myles will go to Illinois at the end of the month to pick up the award.

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