Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Dorchester District Two will be the first school district in the state to participate in a new safety program.
At Monday night’s board meeting the Board Safety Committee presented to trustees a new method of training school faculty and staff to better protect students at school.
The Protection Institute LLC is a full-service protection, safety and security solutions company, responsible for teaching school teachers the latest security and protection programs in order to protect students while they are in school. Faculty and staff receive training and knowledge on how to best protect children.
A “total protection formula” is an assessment, planning and training program that will be used to analyze the security challenges of each school.
The TPF will consist of a customized emergency response plan. A Strategic Security Specialist will be assigned to each school to work with school administrators throughout the year to ensure safety protocols are functioning properly. Allyson Duke, chief financial officer for the district, told trustees teachers will receive credit for the training they receive through the program. Not all schools in DD2 are participating, but the Board Safety committee has selected three to participate in the pilot program: Flowertown Elementary, Gregg Middle and Ashley Ridge High.
The cost for the pilot for each school is $4,000. The second year of participation would be $2,900 and will be reduced down to $2,400 by the third year.
“Then we will be the first district in South Carolina to implement this solution,” Duke said. “It’s basically a constant update, as things change in our schools, this will allow us to keep things current.”
For example, Duke said, staff changes regularly within schools.
If a school received a new teacher a good security strategy would be to not place them at an emergency exit inside a school; the school should place someone with more experience at the emergency exit during an emergency situation.”
The board of trustees voted and passed the Safety Committee’s request to implement the Protection Institute pilot program at the three aforementioned schools.