Ocean City Today

Worcester County Schools to hold internal safety meeting

By Brian Gilliland | Mar 08, 2018

(March 9, 2018) Next week, the Worcester County Schools will join the Maryland Center for School Safety and the Safe and Sound School project for an all-day seminar at Worcester Technical High School in Newark concerning the safety of local students and the security of the schools.

The morning session will include speakers Lisa Hamp, survivor of the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that left 33 dead including the perpetrator, Dr. CJ Huff, former superintendent of the Joplin, Missouri schools during the 2011 EF-5 tornado, which caused 161 total fatalities in the area, Kiki Leyba, survivor of the April 1999 Columbine High School shootings that left 15 dead including both perpetrators, and Michele Gay, a parent of a student killed during the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that left 28 people dead, including 20 elementary schoolchildren, plus six teachers, the perpetrator and the perpetrator’s mother.

The afternoon session features expert strategy and best practices sessions led by Dr. Melissa Reeves of the National Association of School Psychologists, Dr. Huff of Joplin, Missouri, and John MacDonald, executive director of safety, security and emergency planning for Jefferson County Schools in Colorado.

Following the speakers, a panel discussion is scheduled.

Worcester County Public Schools Superintendent Lou Taylor is expected to make remarks, as is Steve Price, Worcester schools’ chief operating officer and Maryland Center for School Safety Director Edward Clarke.

The Maryland Center for School Safety was empaneled in 2013 to provide a coordinated and comprehensive policy for schools in the state. The center’s mission is to collaborate with local school systems, law enforcement agencies, state and local government, community organizations, parents and other groups to disseminate information on best practices, programs and resources, provide training, collect data and promote interagency efforts on school safety.

Safe and Sound Schools was formed in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy by parents, educators, and community members from that area.

“We all felt safe in our peaceful town and in our high-ranking schools. We learned, too painfully, that we were not. Gaining entry to our locked school – and access to our beloved children and teachers – was as simple as breaking a glass window,” the nonprofit’s website reads.

Its mission is to support crisis prevention, response and recovery to protect schools.

The meeting is not open to the public. For more information, call 410-632-5076.

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