Continuing the conversation about keeping students safe in schools and classrooms, a town hall meeting featuring school administrators, mental health advocates, elected officials, and area law enforcement came together to discuss safety measures, budgets, and ideas. The school security workshop and town hall panel, held in Hamilton County, TN, also featured SSI Guardian President and School Security Expert Michael Yorio.
School Security Conversations at Town Hall
“Collaboration is key to an effective security initiative. So law enforcement needs to communicate with schools, with organization, with government, etc. So that collaboration is really at the cornerstone of a best practice.” -Michael Yorio, President of SSI Guardian
Questions from local teachers, students, and elected officials guided a conversation that served the purpose of keeping school safety at the forefront of decision makers’ minds. Michael Yorio spent some time discussing new locks and safety devices that some school districts are now utilizing as a part of their school security and threat prevention program. He also shared some best practices and options for securing schools and training those who work inside them. Read more on that conversation here.
School Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson said the entire community is committed to doing whatever it takes to keep students safe.
“What you see today from the multitude of individuals that are here, from law enforcement, to mental health, to students, to obviously school district officials, our mayor, what you see is that everybody’s vested in ensuring the students are safe, and that’s just a commitment that we all want to make and continue to make going forward.” – School Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson
School Security Starts With Practice & Preparation
SSI Guardian’s Michael Yorio, a nationally recognized expert on school safety, encourages educators and administrators alike to prioritize preparation and mental health education. Conversations like the one that took place in Hamilton County, TN, are a great way for schools and decision makers to learn more about available security solutions and training. Opening the forum to local communities can also be a positive way to answer questions and share information.