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Four UCPS schools recognized as “Super Safe”

Four Union County Public Schools have been designated 2009 Super Safe Schools for their exemplary efforts in providing a safe working and learning environment for their educators and students.

Monroe High, Weddington Middle and High and Sandy Ridge Elementary were four of the 45 North Carolina public schools to be designated during the 2008 Safe Schools and Character Education Conference in Raleigh February 27, 2009.

The Department of Public Instruction’s School Safety and Climate Division established the Super Safe Schools awards program to recognize schools that decreased the incidence of school crime and violence and implemented strategies for maintaining safe, orderly and caring schools, as evidenced by school data. 

To receive recognition as a Super Safe School, schools voluntarily submit a portfolio documenting the safety processes they have in place. The portfolios are evaluated and the scores received determine which schools are recognized.

This is the fourth year Monroe High has received this designation; the second year for Weddington Middle School; and the first year for both Sandy Ridge Elementary and Weddington High Schools.

“I’m very proud of this recognition,” said Sandy Ridge principal Tom Childers. “We consistently work on safety issues at school and make conscience efforts to be safety-minded for students and staff. I’m happy that we can be recognized in this way.”

The designation doesn’t deal solely with the physical environment of a school. It looks at attendance, drop out numbers, ABC performance, disciplinary incidents, crime and violence incidents, how visitors are handled when they arrive at school, incidents of vandalism and the Students Code of Conduct at the school.

Weddington High’s portfolio was a 300-plus-page document that looked at every aspect of the school. “We talked about the good things that are currently being done and the areas that are being addressed. We have taken the time and followed through with what we said we were going to do.”

Breedlove, who helped Monroe High School get its Super Safe designation four years ago when an assistant principal at that school, said the process is lengthy but worth the effort.

“It shows safety is an important issue for Weddington High School, and we take it seriously,” Breedlove said. “It is a lengthy process that helps us identify (safety) areas of need and it helped us come up with a plan to fix those areas of need. We’re one of only 10 high schools in the state to receive this. It was a real honor.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 19, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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