Colonial Safe Schools Night
7 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
The Colonial School District takes pride in offering a safe and secure environment for students and staff. Colonial Safe Schools Night gives parents and community members an opportunity to learn about some of the District's initiatives, resources and community relationships with local law enforcement and mental health professionals.
In order to make sure that we have enough handouts and other materials, please click here to register by October 18. (NOTE: Registration isn't required to attend. However, it will help us with planning.)
Introduction: Tim McDonald
Colonial School District's District Safety Officer Tim McDonald will present a short overview of safety protocols, procedures and initiatives in Colonial.
Keynote Speaker: Steve Beck
With more than twenty years of working directly with school districts and nearly forty years in law enforcement, Steve Beck, School Safety Coordinator for the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, will talk about best practices related to the five preparedness mission areas:
He will also share how the coordination efforts between the school district and county work to achieve these goals.
In addition to his role as the School Safety Coordinator, Steve Beck serves as a Special County Detective with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office coordinating the District Attorney’s Safe Schools Initiatives and is a member of the Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Taskforce Safe Schools Sub-Committee where he is a co-chairperson.
Beck is a graduate of Temple University and the FBI National Academy and is a United States Marine Corps Veteran.
Attendees will be able to choose two breakout sessions: one 8:00-8:20 p.m. and another 8:25-8:45 p.m.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
Learn about Colonial School District’s intervention and referral process that helps building team members identify and offer assistance to students who experience alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and mental health issues that pose a barrier to their success. On hand to explain the program and process will be Felix Scherzinger (Colonial School District Behavioral Health Advisor), Yakeita Sawyer (Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Community Counselor), Andrea Torretella (Colonial Middle School Community Counselor), Susan Mayson (Elementary School Counselor), and Maria Markakis (SAP Coordinator from Colonial’s SAP liaison agency, Carson Valley Children’s Aid).
Join "Crossing the Digital Divide" speaker Deborah McCoy to find out which Internet sites and apps are popular with our kids and how they may use those sites and apps recklessly and with a false sense of privacy. Parents are all too often unaware of the long-term implications of their child’s digital speech and its possible impact. Stop by this session to learn about:
- Currently trending apps and sites among youth
- Permanence of digital speech
- Safety issues and parental monitoring apps and sites
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
Meet members from all three police departments serving the Colonial School District — Conshohocken Borough Police Department, Plymouth Township Police Department and Whitemarsh Township Police Department — who will discuss a wide range of topics including:
- How their departments are invested in Colonial School District schools
- How police respond to high priority events in our schools
- Police response times
- Existing Memorandums of Understanding
- Cooperative relationships between their departments and our schools
- "Countywide Law Enforcement Alerting and Safety System," otherwise known as CLASS.
DESIGNING SAFE SCHOOLS
Hear from Mike Kelly, principal partner with KCBA Architects, about safety considerations for renovations or new construction of school facilities, as well as from Terry Yemm, Colonial School District Director of Operations, who will share some of the recent changes that have been incorporated in the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School renovations and throughout the District. KCBA Architects is currently developing plans for the new Colonial Middle School building.
Click here to register by October 18. (NOTE: Registration isn't required to attend.)