Brooks Meets with Indiana Department of Education to Discuss School Safety
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) joined Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) 44th Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, in a roundtable discussion focusing on their shared commitment to keeping schools safe. Specifically, Superintendent McCormick highlighted the work of the IDOE’s School Safety Specialist Academy.
Indiana Department of Education’s School Safety Specialist Academy was created in 1999 and was the first of its kind in the country. The Academy provides ongoing, certified training and information on national and state best practices, as well as exemplary resources for school safety, security, intervention and prevention, and emergency preparedness planning. School safety specialists are trained to lead the development and implementation of school safety practices within their district. All public schools in the state of Indiana are required to participate. To date, the Academy has issued more than 2,400 certifications for school safety specialists.
“Ensuring our children are safe at school is a top priority for me in Congress and from what I have heard from students and school administrators across the Fifth District as well as from the participants in today’s meeting, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to school safety,” said Brooks. “The challenges each school faces when working to keep students safe are complex. The School Safety Specialist Academy understands this and provides schools with the tools and training necessary to implement an efficient emergency plan that works best for their facility, faculty and students. I am proud Superintendent McCormick and the Indiana Department of Education are working with our schools to ensure they have the resources and training needed in order to stay safe during times of emergency. I will work to promote Indiana's School Safety Specialist Academy to be viewed as a national model for school safety preparedness and training. ”
“Each day, Indiana schools set safety as a top priority,” said McCormick. “We train; we partner. We fully understand the importance surrounding this enormous responsibility. As a Department, we remain committed to providing the resources and guidance our schools need to keep safety at the forefront of daily operations. We commend Congresswoman Brooks for her shared commitment to such an important priority.”