BCS Working for a Safer Tomorrow
BCS Working for a Safer Tomorrow
Posted on 10/18/2018
BCS School Resource Officer Supervisor Lt. Mike Ruby speaks during one of the breakout sessions.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Buncombe County Schools (BCS) is committed to student and staff safety, whether on campus, on the bus, or online.

During the annual Districtwide Advisory Council meeting at North Buncombe High School on Tuesday, parents, teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders discussed safety improvements, infrastructure, and protocols.

Breakout sessions included Building/Campus Safety and Security, Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship, The School Resource Officer, Transportation Safety, and more. Experts in communications, student services, behavior, health, and technology covered the steps BCS takes to keep students safe.

“School safety remains one of the highest priorities across this district,” said BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. “These sessions reflect how we work to keep our students safe.”

Tuesday’s meeting, which included stakeholders from every district in the BCS system, served as a forum for discussion and collaboration, said BCS Associate Superintendent Susanne Swanger.

“The advisory councils are there to do just that – advise their schools,” she said. “So here they’ll get lots of information that they can then share with their individual schools.”

Regarding student safety, BCS is a leader among school systems in the state, added Assistant Superintendent Joe Hough. He praised Student Services Director David Thompson, whose department has instituted a rigorous threat assessment process. Student Services also has helped individual schools implement the Compassionate Schools model, which supports student social and emotional wellbeing.

“Others in the state have been asking us how we do things,” he said. “But we cannot be satisfied. We want to constantly reassess to make sure we have the best knowledge we can, and that’s why we have meetings like this.”
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