Keep Idaho Students Safe
Schools are a place for Idaho children to thrive, to grow, to learn. They are a place to excel, and to be challenged. But staying safe at school should not be a challenge; it should be a given.
That’s why I am launching a multi-pronged school safety initiative dubbed KISS: Keep Idaho Students Safe. In this time of increased violence and debates about school safety, it’s important to join together with resolve and ideas to help Idaho students, educators and families feel – and be – safe.
No single strategy or program is the answer, so KISS will add a toolbox of new measures to existing approaches that are already having an impact, from a new safety course for teachers to campaigns against bullying and teen suicide.
The acronym KISS may be light-hearted, but this initiative is very serious to me and my staff. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of Idaho’s children, and my travels around the state tell me Idahoans of all ages, share that belief.
Below, find information about the key elements of this initiative – a safety course required for teacher certification, grants to help schools and districts provide trained security personnel, and a new statewide crisis communication counselor.
Input from students, teachers and parents over the past three years shaped this proposed initiative, and we will continue to seek opinions and suggestions moving forward.
I want to hear from you! Take the Keep Idaho Students Safe Feedback Survey and let me know what measures you want to see.
Sherri Ybarra, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Public Instruction