In Indiana, school safety is more than stopping school shootings.
It involves “school buses, inclement weather, even the pH level of school swimming pools.”
That’s according to Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick who spoke to WANE 15 News via Skype from her office in Indianapolis.
Today marks the start of National Safe Schools week.
She says Indiana is ahead of the nation in school safety as one of the few states with a school safety academy, training over 2,400 school safety specialists.
McCormick says parents should see safety measures the moment they walk into a school.
“You should feel it as soon as you ring that doorbell, as soon as you enter that building and you are restricted on where you can move. You should feel it when you go in to events and see law enforcement. So the safety is always present, whether it’s during the school day or extracurricular events.”
Indiana spends about $50 million a year in student testing, she says, but only $10 million on safety.
McCormick says a “conversation of priorities” needs to take place.
The Superintendent announced earlier that she would not seek re-election in 2020.
“Yeah, I’m extremely proud of the work that our team has accomplished in the two years we’ve been in office,” she said.
“I got into it because I promised for the sake of kids that the disruption and dysfunction would be lessened and I just don’t want to be a part of that. I did not get in it to play games. So I had to do some soul searching.”
“I’ll serve out my term and look at other ways I can serve students.”
When asked if it was easier to corral the students than the legislators, McCormick replied, “It’s easier to corral anybody compared to the legislators.”
According to her official web page “Dr. Jennifer McCormick is Indiana’s 44th Superintendent of Public Instruction. A nationally-recognized educator and innovator, Dr. McCormick has served at every level of the K-12 education system. She has been a secondary special education and language arts teacher, elementary principal, assistant superintendent, and served as superintendent for seven and a half years.”