Nebraska Department of Education Creates Task Force Focused on School Safety

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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – In a news release, the Nebraska Department of Education said it has created a comprehensive school safety task force with the goal of improving school safety.

See the full press release below:

“The Nebraska Department of Education is committed to keeping students and educators safe. In an effort to improve school safety, the NDE has established a comprehensive School Safety Task Force. The group s met for the first time this week to begin a review of current school safety, security, and preparedness practices and to identify evidence-based strategies and solutions to keep Nebraska schools safe.

The task force is made up of members from across the state and includes representatives from public and private school educators, law enforcement, city leaders and concerned parents.

Members of the task force will help determine disaster preparedness and recommend strategies to improve the safety and security of Nebraska K-12 schools. Additionally, the task force will recommend legislative action or investment by December 2022 and will recommend system improvements that do not require immediate legislative action by April 2023.

During the first meeting, members discussed how to measure school safety, the progress Nebraska schools have made in safety, and the challenges of effective safety and security practices.

The task force is co-chaired by Nebraska Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt and Senator Lynne Walz. Joe Wright, director of Lincoln Public Schools Safety and Dr. Denise Bulling, senior director of research at the University of Nebraska’s Center for Public Policy, are the task force facilitators.

More information about the School Safety Task Force is available at https://www.education.ne.gov/safety/school-safety-task-force/ [education.ne.gov].”

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