On Monday night, Lubbock Independent School District will host its final School Safety Community meeting at the Monterey High School cafeteria.
This is the final of four meetings put on by the district, which has involved conversations between school officials, local law enforcement and the community. During the meetings, parents break up into groups (between elementary, middle and high school) to discuss the issues unique to their children’s needs and ages.
At each meeting, there are lists of ideas and concerns where parents can place markers next to, indicating which of those listed are most important to them. Some common themes across parents so far have been: increased security at campuses, more counseling resources and raised mental health awareness.
“Solving these kinds of safety issues really does take a community to work on these together,” said Nancy Sharp, executive director of communications for Lubbock ISD. “What are the concerns that resonate the most and then the same thing with collaboration, what are the collaborations they think will be most effective?”
Sharp explained that while some of the scenarios and ideas may be scary or uneasy to bring up for parents, it’s always a conversation worth having among the community, their law enforcement and the schools.
“We have been working internally on processes for several months, but I think certainly, like many school districts, the shootings in Florida gave us pause to think, ‘OK are we getting enough input from our community and what other things could we be doing?'”
As ideas are heard and trainings are held over the summer in preparation for the 2018-19 school year, Sharp shared some resources within LISD that are available to the community:
-The Lubbock ISD app and Lubbock ISD site.
– The Trustline, which is an anonymous tip line for students who may be struggling with personal issues but may not be quite ready to address them face-to-face.
Monday’s meeting will be held inside the Monterey High School cafeteria, located at 3211 47th Street.
Parents are invited to attend with their students.