Proclamation celebrating School Safety Week (November 2013 School Leader Update)
America’s Safe Schools week was Oct. 20-26. To commemorate the week, Gov. Branstad signed a proclamation celebrating Iowa’s support of the national week of observance. Members of the Iowa School Safety Coalition were also present for the event. Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck said: “We have to work together in our communities and as a state to keep Iowa’s students and schools safe. Part of that is providing school leaders the expertise they need to put in place quality safety plans, which will help schools prepare for, and respond to, threats to facilities, students and staff members. The Iowa Department of Education is committed to helping schools provide a safe learning environment.” To recognize the week, the Iowa Safe Schools Coalition released a new school safety bulletin each day focusing on a different topic. The topics covered were 1) Security at Special Events Held on School Grounds; 2) Working with Local Responders 3) Access Control; 4) School Security Visitor Programs; 5) Lockdown Procedures. These bulletins and all past bulletins may now be accessed on the Iowa School Safety Coalition website at http://www.iowaschoolsafety.org/.