Event focuses on safety efforts, relationships and school-police cooperation
The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the Lee’s Summit Police Department hosted A Community Conversation on School Safety on April 25 with approximately 80 attending the evening event. Held at the Lee’s Summit City Hall, the meeting was shared that evening via Facebook live. A video of the presentation is available at this City of Lee’s Summit webpage.
Information presented included school emergency response training and preparation, school threat assessments, the SafeSchools alert system and the importance of building positive relationships among students and staff members. Both school and police officials emphasized the importance of “see something/say something” when it comes to reporting criminal actions as well as troubling behaviors and statements. Also critical is the positive working relationships between schools, law enforcement and first responders.
Presenters and panelists at A Community Conversation on School Safety were Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent; Travis Forbes, Lee’s Summit Police Department chief; Dr. Rexanne Hill, Lee’s Summit R-7 director of student services; and Ryan Hall, Lee’s Summit R-7 supervisor of safety and environmental services.
As the meeting began, Chief Forbes shared that any effort to make our schools safer will have to involve everybody.
“It is not just one party – it’s not just the school district that can help prevent school violence, it’s a collaborative effort and there’s two ways to do it, there’s prevention and there’s response,” he said. “The police department focuses a lot upon response, the school district focuses a lot on prevention but we both have to work together on that. It also includes our students, our parents, other members of our community, our business community, ReDiscover and our treatment centers, our hospitals.”
Dr. Carpenter added that he is proud to be a part of a community that is committed to its young people.
“Each and every day you send your most precious assets to our schoolhouse doors and that’s not a responsibility that I or the team at Lee’s Summit R-7 take lightly,” Dr. Carpenter added. “This community has a framework in place that’s really a model for other communities. This partnership between law enforcement and the school district is critical and it is one that we hang our hats on each and every day in terms of what we do and how we deliver the most safe product for our community.”
Following the presentation, members of the panel answered questions from the audience and from individuals watching the event on Facebook live.
For more information about Lee’s Summit R-7 school safety efforts, you may visit the district’s webpage.
Dr. Rexanne Hill and Ryan Hall presented school safety information at the event.