(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District is focusing on the safety of the students and staff in the district. In this first of a three-part series about how the district handles threats, we talked with Superintendent Mark DiStefano about the safety teams in place throughout the district.
DiStefano says it starts with an overarching team at the district level. This team, which he says is new one to the district this year, is currently comprised of 14 members who meet four to five times a year. The district team discusses protocols and procedures and reflects on incidents and drills to determine how things could go better, offering proactive insight.
DiStefano says that each school building also has its own safety teams in place.
The threat assessment team comes together in the event of an incident, or when potential threat situations reach a certain level.
The safety teams at every level include school administrators, pupil services representatives, and community emergency response members.
Distefano says it is the job of these smaller safety teams to assess threats or possible threat situations and ask the questions needed to ensure the safety of students and staff.