Nearly 100 Waxahachie ISD employees, including district and campus administrators, school security officers, counselors, nurses, and support services and front office staff, participated in “I Love U Guys” Foundation school safety and response training earlier this week.
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation training is specifically named in Governor Greg Abbot’s new 40-point “School and Firearm Safety Action Plan,” released on May 30, as the preferred training program for school personnel. The “I Love U Guys” Foundation training focuses on two aspects of school safety: the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method.
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation was formed in 2006 by Ellen and John-Michael Keyes, after their daughter, Emily, was the victim of a school shooting. The program they provide is highly-regarded and used widely by school districts and other institutions around the country. The “I Love U Guys” Foundation also works closely with the Texas School Safety Center.
“As our Board of Trustees and district and campus administration continue to refine district policies and procedures around school safety and security, the ‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation training is an extremely valuable tool,” said Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Waxahachie ISD Superintendent. “The safety of our students continues to be our number-one priority, and we continue to work to implement policies that will keep them safe while on our campuses."
John-Michael Keyes, the executive director of the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, conducted the training for Waxahachie ISD. The district will be bringing him back later this summer to conduct training for a group of teachers and other staff members, along with local law enforcement and first responders, and plans to implement the “I Love U Guys” protocol on all campuses.
Waxahachie ISD works closely with the Waxahachie Police Department and other first responders to ensure campuses are safe and any potential threat is immediately investigated to the fullest extent. The district has also entered into an agreement with the Waxahachie Police Department for the department to provide School Resource Officers (SROs) for the district; the district will have two SROs in the 2018-2019 school year.
The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees will be evaluating Governor Greg Abbott’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan as it works to enhance safety and security throughout the district before the beginning of the school year.
Waxahachie ISD is asking all district families to respond to a safety and security survey so that the Board of Trustees may study the feedback from the community as they are implementing new policies and procedures. Please take the time to respond to this survey (closes Sunday, June 10): https://goo.gl/forms/8c5JlF8IQZyPv8PZ2.
For more information about WISD, please visit www.wisd.org.
For more information about the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, please visit www.iloveuguys.org.