Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

The Indiana Department of Education certified more than 450 new School Safety Specialists yesterday, while providing advanced training to more than 900 School Safety Specialists at the Indiana School Safety Academy this month. With this week’s new class, the total number of certified School Safety Specialists increased to more than 2500 throughout the state. The number of certified School Safety Specialists has more than doubled since 2010, with the majority of that growth taking place since 2012.

“Every child in Indiana deserves to attend a school with a safe and secure learning environment,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Learning cannot happen if the basic needs of a child are not met – and that includes their safety. The high-quality training provided at the School Safety Academy helps ensure that educators and law enforcement personnel are prepared to implement school safety best practices in their local schools and communities.”

The Indiana School Safety Academy provides school officials and law enforcement personnel with high-quality resources and training from nationally recognized safety experts. This year, the Department hosted 22 regional trainings throughout the state to certified School Safety Specialists.

Since 1999, the Indiana School Safety Academy has provided ongoing, certified training and information on both state and national best practices as well as exemplary resources for school safety, security, intervention, prevention and emergency preparedness planning. School Safety Specialists are trained to lead the development and implementation of school safety practices to provide safe educational environments for all students in Indiana.

Additional information can be found on the Department’s website: www.doe.in.gov/safety.