Press Release: Meskwaki Settlement School
Thursday, October 25th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Meskwaki Settlement Schools Parent Safety Meeting
School safety is a priority for parents, educators, students and the community. Maintaining a safe learning environment is fundamental to supporting the learning and development of our students. With a focus on the well-being and safety of our students and staff, the Meskwaki Settlement School emphasizes the importance of reducing the risk and impact of exposure to both natural and un-natural disasters. Through the development and implementation of preventative measures and multiple crisis response plans the Meskwaki Settlement Schools continues to collaboratively work with law enforcement, fire, emergency management, and safety professionals to assist students and staff in increasing positive outcomes when responding to a variety of emergency situations including weather, health concerns, or threats.
Over the years the number and impact of violent incidents in public buildings has increased. Over the years, the Meskwaki Settlement Schools have proactively taken steps to decrease the likelihood of such an event taking place at school. This year, our staff has undergone multiple Violent Intruder Trainings. These trainings have been highly recommended by Homeland Security and will become a mandatory training on June 30th, 2019. In addition to becoming a state and federal mandate, the trainings have become the norm across Iowa as well as nationally.
To support us in our implementation process, we have decided to hold an informational meeting for parents to communicate what the safety trainings for students will look like. The Parent Informational Meeting will be held during conferences on Thursday, October 25th-2018 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. (Conferences will run 2pm-8pm.)
The new safety trainings will emphasize staff and student options for responding to a dangerous intruder situation. Based on the information available, staff and students will utilized an enhanced lockdown, evacuate the building, or counter an attack when appropriate and safe to do so. The goal is to empower every district employee and our students to have choices in violent intruder situations that would increase their chances of survival.
This informational meeting for parents is the next step. You will have a chance to learn more about the options available and to have questions answered or any concerns addressed. Following the parent meeting, we will begin to have age-appropriate discussions with students to shift the odds of surviving a violent encounter in their favor.
For more information, please visit:
Safety Training Video created for the Waterloo Community Schools:
Willie Barney, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Meskwaki Settlement School
1608 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339