A community conversation on safety in our schools
The Mequon-Thiensville School District hosted a community conversation on Monday, March 26 on the topic of safety and security in our schools. The goal of the meeting was to gather input from parents, employees, students, and community members to inform our plans moving forward. Over 100 individuals representing different stakeholder groups shared their thoughts, concerns, and perspectives in the productive conversation. Following are the key themes that emerged.
Top 5 Key Themes
- Building access, including access outside of the school day and on weekends
- Resources to support student mental health
- Intervening and equipping families with resources related to bullying and social media
- Investing in deterrent measures
- Additional professional development for emergency preparedness
We are actively developing action steps for our next strategic plan (2018-2021), which includes a goal area related to social-emotional well-being and safety. The input gathered is formative to that planning process. Those plans will be formally introduced to the community in May 2018.
GOAL 3: SUPPORT AND ENHANCE THE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING OF STUDENTS, STAFF AND FAMILIES
Objective 1: Implement instruction and formalized support in interpersonal and peer relationships, physical health and lifestyle, and safety.
Thank you to all who participated in the community conversation! This gathering of stakeholders allowed us to come together as a community around a common cause - keeping our children safe and healthy. Your voices were heard.
Because it is a topic that touches us all, we will keep all parents and employees informed of progress moving forward.