The last Hazelwood School District parent engagement forum on school safety is quickly approaching on March 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hazelwood West High School, One Wildcat Lane in Hazelwood.
“We were very pleased with the turnout of our first two sessions and hope that many more patrons will attend the remaining forum,” said Julia Burke Thorpe, assistant superintendent for student services. “Participants were very interested in what our District is doing to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community members. They also provided excellent feedback and suggestions as we move forward.”
During the first two forums, HSD shared safety improvements made since the tragedy that occurred in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
In addition, members of the St. Louis County Police Tactical Unit shared information on the ALICE program, which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. ALICE training teaches that finding a safe escape route or disabling a dangerous intruder when practical can be more effective in preventing massive casualties. This training teaches that assessing a situation correctly and responding appropriately is the most effective way to save lives.
Both forums included presentations from a panel of high school students, as well as provided opportunities for parent feedback and input on the safety plans.