Pulaski principals prioritize student safety and school safety

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PULASKI COUNTY, Virginia. – Pulaski head teachers are putting student safety and school security at the top of their to-do list this year, like many other schools in the area.

On Tuesday, the Pulaski County School Board completed a series of meetings that were held to evaluate and review the school’s policies and procedures for student safety and school safety, according to a statement from Pulaski County Public Schools Press.

The board and other executives reviewed the following during the meeting, according to the statement:

  • School safety audits conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police in 2018, to determine which of the remaining large bills could be addressed with funding,

  • Principals joined to discuss disciplinary data, including specific incidents that have been reported to law enforcement, as well as types of consequences for major disciplinary offenses to determine if additional resources might be available. useful,

  • Each school’s safety plan which was created in July with input from local law enforcement, fire departments and other first responders was reviewed and the board received copies,

  • Administrators reviewed board policies that covered the student code of conduct, discipline for special education students, relations with local law enforcement, and guidelines for suspension and expulsion from school. school.

PCPS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Siers said school safety is a priority for Pulaski County.

“The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority every school year,” Siers said. “We are fortunate to be in a community that shares this priority which allowed us to be one of the first school divisions in the state to put a resource officer in every school. Thanks to a great working relationship with local law enforcement, our teachers and staff members are some of the best trained educators and we will continue to work to ensure our schools are as safe as possible.

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PCPS School Board President Dr. Paige Cash added that the system has improved and built relationships with local authorities to promote this safety.

“Pulaski County Public Schools asked state and local law enforcement to conduct a safety audit of all schools in the county in the spring of 2018 and began making safety improvements immediately afterward,” said Cash. “Working with the sheriff’s department, we were also able to place a school resource officer in every school in the county. With the cooperation of community stakeholders, we will continue to make our county schools as safe as possible. »

School leaders will begin addressing some of the safety-related capital projects in preparation for the 2023-24 budget year, the statement said.

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