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Indiana's school safety specialist program is a model for nation

 Hello, Scecina family, 

Since my first day on the job, school safety has been my top priority. One of the most critical steps in the school safety process is to gain in-depth training from the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy (ISSSA) to learn about best safety practices from around the country. Many leading experts agree that the ISSSA is a model for all other states to emulate. 

Today I want to focus on the ISSSA’s Mission Statement, Curriculum Strands, and Certification Requirements. 

Mission Statement
The Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy will provide ongoing, certified training and information on national and state best practices, as well as excellent resources for school safety, security, intervention/prevention, and emergency preparedness planning. School Safety Specialists will be trained to lead the development and implementation of school safety practices, which will provide safe educational environments for all students in Indiana.

What did the curriculum strands training cover? 

Curriculum Strands
 1.National Overview of Best Practices of School Safety
 2.Legal Issues and Development of School Safety Policies
 3.School Environment and Security Operations
 4.Role of Exemplary School Safety Specialists
 5.Comprehensive Safe School Planning
 6.School and Community Collaboration
 7.Violence Prevention/Crisis Management

What are the basic and advanced training requirements to obtain a School Safety Specialist Certification?

 Basic Certification Requirements
 “To receive certification as a School Safety Specialist, the superintendent’s designee is required to attend three on-site basic training sessions. They must also complete the online Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy training program. This format allows new Specialists to receive the full training without necessitating their absence from their buildings for five days” (ISSSA). 

Advanced Training
“To maintain certification as a school safety specialist, each specialist is required to attend at least two days of School Safety Specialist Academy training per school year (ISSSA). 

School safety is a process that takes time. Currently, Scecina has a 24-member team that meets monthly. Scecina’s Emergency Operations Management Team (Safety Team) includes teachers, staff, maintenance, facility management, advancement, school resource officer. We hope to get a first-responder on the team. Each month we do something to make our school safer. 

Thank you for your prayful support of our school! 

Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.

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