Schools are a place for Idaho children to thrive, to grow, to learn. They are a place to excel, and to be challenged. But staying safe at school should not be a challenge; it should be a given.
That’s why I am launching a multi-pronged school safety initiative dubbed KISS: Keep Idaho Students Safe. In this time of increased violence and debates about school safety, it’s important to join together with resolve and ideas to help Idaho students, educators and families feel – and be – safe.
No single strategy or program is the answer, so KISS will add a toolbox of new measures to existing approaches that are already having an impact, from a new safety course for teachers to programs for preventing bullying and teen suicide.
The acronym KISS may be light-hearted, but this initiative is very serious to me and my staff. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of Idaho’s children, and my travels around the state– plus a survey that drew more than 1,000 responses – tell me Idahoans of all ages, share that belief.
Listed below you’ll find information about the key elements of this initiative, opportunities to participate in webinars and provide feedback, and documents that describe KISS in greater detail. I also encourage you to sign up for periodic email updates about KISS.
Input from students, teachers and parents over the past three years shaped this proposed initiative, and we will continue to seek opinions and suggestions moving forward.
Sherri Ybarra, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Public Instruction