Parents, students and members of the community gathered August 9 for a school safety forum at McCutcheon High School. TSC Director of Safety Steve Tobias, TSC School Resource Officers Aaron Gilman and Rob Rush and McCutcheon High School Counselor Megan Ulrich provided information and updates regarding security measures, programs, services and other initiatives related to safety. It was also an opportunity for members of the public to give input and ask questions.
The speakers shared that TSC has more than 30 school safety specialists who work closely with our two school resource officers with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office. They also covered how the corporation's emergency plans are updated annually, the role of the crisis response team and how often students and staff participate in drills.
"I'm pleased at how well my children are practiced and prepared for emergencies," shared one TSC parent on the forum feedback survey. "They truly have muscle memory which makes me feel positive about responsiveness."
TSC Superintendent Scott Hanback appreciated all the parents and community members who attended the discussion. "I think everyone has a better understanding of the steps we have taken to enhance school security, what our school resource officers do, and what resources are available to students," says Hanback.
Communication is a key part of the safety plan. "We all play a role in school safety," says Hanback. "Be observant and let administrators know if you see or hear something that makes you or your child feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened."
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh attended the forum along with members of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Police Department, West Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Fire Department, West Lafayette Fire Department, Tippecanoe County Emergency Management, and the TSC Board of School Trustees.