School Safety Foundation Trains Nebraska Teachers in Emergency Response
PAPILLON, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Many educators in our area don’t have spring break and are in the classroom learning or honing the process to bring their students back to their parents after any incident or emergency occurs at the school.
The I Love You Guys Foundation, working with the Nebraska Department of Education, spoke with educators, first responders, and City officials about its standard reunification practices, returning students to their parents, and returning home safely after any school emergency.
“You have to get them all to work on the same page,” said Jay Martin of the Nebraska Department of Education. “Standard response protocol comes into play and again this method of reunion, if we all speak the same language, have the same conversations and practice, like any kind of practice, like football practice, music practice, the more you practice these things the better you will be when the real event happens.”
Metro faculty spent part of their spring break learning to reunite after school emergencies.
One member is Papillion La Vista South High School.
“So it could be a gas leak, we could have a tornado hazard, we could have to evacuate our building due to a power outage or our HVAC failure,” Chris Zimmerman of the I Love You Foundation said to the guys. .
The recent events surrounding false reports of school shootings across the state remind us all that school shootings can happen anywhere and we need to be prepared for it.
South High School was one of 10 schools in the state that recently had to deal with false reports of a shooting. For first responders, these false reports are always real
“Fortunately, these were not tragic events, and it helps us reevaluate and look at what we are doing,” said Kevin Grieger of the Sarpi County Sheriff’s Department.
More than two dozen public and private school districts in eastern Nebraska participated in Monday’s training.
The I Love You Guys Foundation will also hold training sessions in Kearny and Goering.
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