Listening Session on School Safety


The Federal Commission gathered at Alabama’s Capital to discuss the issues and solutions to school safety. A round table discuss with state and local agencies concluded that student mental health is believed to be the key to improving school safety. Governor Kay Ivey was joined by Alabama’s Mental Health Commissioner along with several other representatives from schools across the state.

All agreed that there isn’t just one solution to ensuring students are safe inside of schools. Governor Ivey talked about her Smart On Safety initiative launched in March. She also explained why she believes it’s important to have trained personnel who can identify threats and specializes in mental health inside schools. President Donald Trump created the Federal Commission in March stemming from the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The Commission is led by the US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Members of the public were even invited to attend to express their views on how to improve school safety. Listening sessions were held earlier in Kentucky, Washington D.C. and Wyoming.

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