School Safety Summit slated for Modesto

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 15, 2014 

School safety, an area educators tackled with fresh urgency in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, will get an overview from local experts next month.

The School Safety Summit will take place Feb. 19 at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, presented by Education Leadership Services and the Stanislaus County Office of Education.

Though the deaths Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., propelled the issue into the public eye, today’s campuses guard against a wide range of concerns.

At the free event, a panel will discuss key points in handling an on-campus crisis, dealing with media in the aftermath, and mitigating the short- and long-term effects on students and others if a tragedy occurs.

Panel members will be Marc Malone, superintendent of Oakdale Joint Unified School District; Mike Tozzi, retired Stanislaus County Superior Court chief administrator; Cherie Dockery of county Behavioral Health and Recovery Services; and Don Loudermilk, Stanislaus sheriff’s office chaplain.

Countywide resources will be outlined by Vicki Bauman, director of the county office’s Prevention Programs.

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, will speak on advocacy at the state Legislature.

The event will wind up with a short question-and-answer period. Wendell Chun, executive director of Education Leadership Services, will convene the event.

The free School Safety Summit will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St.

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