Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Twinsburg Schools plans to put a small addition on the entrance at Wilcox Elementary to improve security.
Twinsburg Schools plans to add a small addition on the entrance at Wilcox Elementary to improve security. Plans for the addition will go before the Twinsburg City Council Tuesday. They have already been approved by the planning commission. According to plans, the 155-square-foot addition would create a parent and visitor welcome center and provide and provide an additional security feature. The Twinsburg Schools have been taking many steps in recent months to improve safety and security at the district's buildings. After months of planning, the staff is undergoing training and revamping its security procedures. The Twinsburg Police Department have also stepped up their presence in the schools, and plan to add a second school resource …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Twinsburg Schools Superintendent Kathi Powers explains ALICE, a nationally recognized school safety program, in a letter to parents.
Twinsburg City Schools are implementing new school safety procedures after a thorough review of national best practices and an examination of the district's own procedures. Twinsburg Superintendent Kathi Powers and School Resource Officer Ron Fruscella sat down with Twinsburg Patch to discuss the new procedures. We will have that article this week. But first, Powers has also posted a letter to parents on the schools website. Here is that letter in its entirety: Dear Twinsburg Schools Family, I trust that your Spring Break has been relaxing and that you are ready to begin the final phase of the 2012/2013 school year! Students in grades 3 – 8 will complete the Ohio Achievement Assessments beginning the week of April 22nd. Our students have…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
After discussions between Twinsburg Police and the Twinsburg City Schools, the police department plans to provide a second school resource officer next school year.
Twinsburg Police Chief Chris Noga said the police department will provide a second school resource officer for Twinsburg Schools next school year. Twinsburg once had a second school resource officer, but had not been providing a second officer since 2009. But renewed discussions about school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting have led officials to bring a second SRO back. Noga said the new resource officer will also be DARE certified and will serve at RBC Middle School starting in the 2013-14 school year. Noga currently has 33 full-time sworn police officers on staff, and he believes he can provide the service to the schools without adding staff. "I think this is in the best interests of our schools," he said.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Twinsburg schools work hard to stay up-to-date on safety policies and procedures.
President Barack Obama presented a sweeping set of gun control recommendations last week, with many focused directly on increasing safety measures in schools. According to the Politics K-12 blog, the proposals signal a shift in federal priorities—the proposals ask for increases in school safety and mental health counseling funding, areas the administration has sought to cut in the budget in recent years. Check out the Politics K-12 post for a more in-depth look at the proposals, which includes creating model emergency response plans for institutions like schools and providing $50 million for training for professionals like social workers and counselors who plan to work with young adults. The full text of the plan can also be found on the …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The district has a new hotline for parents and students to report safety concerns
The Twinsburg City School District Board of Education approved improvements to the district's crisis plan, including a new tip line. “There was a weakness in the way parents couldn’t let the district know about concerns,” Superintendent Kathryn Powers said. By creating a new tip line, parents and students can report safety concerns to the district. If there is a concern or threat to report, it can be done anonymously by dialing 330-486-CALL (or 330-486-2255). “This is for concerns regarding a rumor or something on Facebook that they are worried about and want the district to follow up on,” Assistant Superintendent Mike Lenzo said. Administrators hope people using the line will provide the following information: While callers aren't …