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Indiana School District Creates School Safety Academy for Parents

Carmel Clay Schools is offering parents of students an opportunity to learn more about school safety procedures through a free safety academy.

Carmel Clay Schools are taking parent involvement when it comes to school safety to the next level by creating the Parent School Safety Academy.

Through the free academy, parents get to learn about safety principles, school response protocols and best practices related to school violence.

“This is a unique opportunity for parents to come in and learn some of the basic fundamentals and principles of school safety,” said David Woodward, Director of Student Services for Carmel Clay Schools to Fox 59. “It also gives us the opportunity to learn from them.”

The academy is open to any parent/guardian of a student attending Carmel Clay Schools as long as they complete a background check. Up to 20 parents will be chosen per session.

“The goal is that we have a better-educated parent population,” said Woodward. “A lot of times when parents hear a word or safety term it promotes anxiety because they don’t know what it means.”

Laura Jarred is a parent of a Carmel student. She says she enrolled because of the school shooting that happened in Noblesville more than a year ago she told Fox 59.

“I think from a prevention standpoint, I think it’s important that parents are involved with their kids and talk to them about how they stay safe,” she said.

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Sherelle Black is a Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.


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