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Four schools dubbed “Super Safe”

Four Union County Public Schools have been designated 2007-08 Super Safe Schools for their exemplary efforts in providing a safe working and learning environment for their educators and students.
   
Monroe High, Weddington Middle, Piedmont Middle and Walter Bickett Elementary Schools were four of the 48 North Carolina public schools to be designated during the 2008 Safe Schools and Character Education Conference in Greensboro in February.
   
The Department of Public Instruction’s School Safety and Climate Division established the Super Safe Schools awards program to recognize schools for decreasing the incidence of school crime and violence and implementing strategies for maintaining safe, orderly and caring schools as evidenced by school date.
   
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 Walter Bickett Elementary has received this designation; the third year for Monroe High School; and the first year for both Piedmont and Weddington Middle Schools.
   
“All our schools are safe schools, but I tip my hat to schools and their principals who showed the leadership to achieve this recognition,” said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis. “It speaks volumes when you can say to parents and the general public that you’re a super safe school.”
   
The designation doesn’t only deal 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.
   
 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 01, 2008 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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