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Indiana trains and certifies 2,000 "School Safety Specialists"

Mar 18, 2018, Terre Haute (IN) Tribune Star: Guest Column: Making Indiana's schools safer and more secure http://www.tribstar.com/opinion/flashpoint/guest-column-making-indiana-s-schools-safer-and-more-secure/article_a05fb658-2929-11e8-91ef-bba4cfd56f20.html It has become an all too familiar and disturbing headline: another mass shooting in a school with innocent students and heroic educators left dead or wounded. Most Indiana schools plan, prepare, and partner to diminish the risks associated with such a horrific incident. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) plays an important role in providing guidance and support to schools that are either under state mandate or not under mandate yet elect to participate in IDOE school safety opportunities. … Currently, your IDOE trains and certifies School Safety Specialists. To date, Indiana has issued more than 2,000 certifications. These Specialists are trained to lead the development and implementation of school safety practices which work to provide safe educational environments for students. In addition, IDOE conducts audits of local school safety plans. Annually, district superintendents are responsible to review each school building and overall district plans and sign assurances to confirm compliance. …