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Q:What are some important things for us to consider as we work to ensure our schools are safe places for all students and staff?
Community conversations about school safety are frequently charged with emotion and driven by polarized opinions. This volatility can make it hard to get beyond the strong feelings and take action on what matters most.
Taylor ISD decided to use ThoughtExchange to create a safe space for their community to have an open yet moderated discussion about the topic. Their goal was to learn what was most important to the whole community so they could implement changes that would have the greatest impact.
“Because of the timing of the exchange (it was live when the Santa Fe ISD tragedy occurred), we found that our community believed we had appropriate processes and procedures in place in regards to school safety,” says Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown.
He adds that the exchange also revealed some action items the district could use to increase safety in schools.
“We have added 26 new safety measures since the ThoughtExchange,” Supt. Brown shares. “Two key areas of concern that were brought up include having fair and consistent discipline, and more support for students being bullied.
“We have addressed both of those concerns for the 2018-19 school year, as a result of the thoughts on those subjects being shared in our ThoughtExchange.”
Two key areas of concern that were brought up include having fair and consistent discipline, and more support for students being bullied. We have addressed both of those concerns...as a result of the thoughts on those subjects being shared in our ThoughtExchange.Keith Brown, Superintendent
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