Police Thomas

School Safety – It’s Important To Us Too

School Safety

In the last decade, school safety has become an increasingly relevant topic. Schools are going to great lengths to ensure their students’ safety in the event of an emergency. Maharishi School is no exception to that effort.

Recently, our students have been working alongside our faculty and staff to improve school safety and security. We are proud to have our students who leadership on this front because they are a critical part of the school safety process. They are critical players because they are likely to be the ones to report any suspicious and unsafe behavior. We want them to feel empowered in their own safety efforts.

Police Chief Visits Maharishi School

In an effort to support and improve communication with our local law enforcement, Police Chief David Thomas visited our school. Thomas shared their initiatives to improve the community’s relationship with law enforcement, school safety, and public safety. He opened the conversation up to allow students to ask questions and participate in the conversation.

One student asked “What defines ‘threatening a school?'” Thomas responded by outlining a zero-tolerance policy that includes investigation and threat assessment.

Thomas also spoke about the training he and the local law enforcement provide to school staff members. One student asked for more information on that training. Thomas answered by explaining some training and resources they provide to school staff, task force assembly, and preparedness in the event of an emergency.

Thomas said in the event of an emergency, “We’re coming, and it’s going to be over quickly.” He elaborated that students would have to stay in their designated safe places for awhile, but a threat would be dealt with swiftly. Police Thomas

To make sure both students and staff had an accurate perspective on the likeliness of a school shooter situation or other school threat, Thomas compared these events to the danger of driving to and from school. He said he worried more about his daughter driving than he ever did about a school shooter. That comparison was helpful because it addressed the nervousness around school emergencies.

Dr. Beall followed up with addressing some of the students’ concerns about school safety. Previously, our students had organized themselves to outline some of their concerns and present them to Dr. Beall. Dr. Beall took time to acknowledge those concerns and speak to the improvements and headway being made on the students’ request.

In all, we were grateful for Police Chief Thomas’s presence at the school. He was well received and helped continue the conversation and efforts to make our school as safe as possible and to help everyone within our halls feel as prepared as possible.

 

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556