UB Gears Up For Active Shooter Drills, School Safety Seminar This Week

Role Playing With Officers, and Several Districts Gathering on School Safety

Tom Puckett
March 19, 2018 - 4:00 am
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Amherst, NY (WBEN) After the mass shooting at a school in Florida, schools and colleges around the country are preparing for an active shooter situation.

FOR MORE ON UB's 15th ANNUAL SAFE SCHOOLS SEMINAR CLICK HERE

The University at Buffalo's annual safe schools seminar this year comes after the nation-- and police departments across the country- have focussed on active shooters, in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 in Parkland Florida on Feb. 14.

But it is only part of the effort.

"We train elements of active shooters, like room entries once a year, and every other year, we do aspects such as role play," says interim UB Police Chief Chris Bartolomei. "What we've done is do a large-scale exercise with outside law enforcement, fire and first aid. The point of that was to bring emergency medical service to victims sooner." Bartolomei says normally the goal is to eliminate the threat, so this training was about a secondary response with officers helping paramedics and other medical personnel to help victims inside. 

Bartolomei says with 40,000 people on a vast campus, it's not possible to do a campus-wide shooter drill. "They're all doing whatever they're doing. It's not structured like a high school where there's an adult with every group," says Bartolomei.

UB Interim Police Chief Chris Bartolomei on Active Shooting Drills on Campus

Bartolomei says students can be kept up to speed in two ways. "The UB alert system is multi-faceted, so anyone with a buffalo.edu email address, will receive an email. There's also a text system people can subscribe to," says Bartolomei. 

University At Buffalo to Host National Discussion on School Shooting & Safety Tuesday

This year's seminar will be held Tuesday . The featured guest is Mo Canady, president of the National Association of School Resource Officers. It will also feature Michele Gay who became Co-founder and Executive Director of Safe and Sound Schools, after she lost her daughter in the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut in 2019.

"This is really for law enforcement and educators, trying to bring those two together" says Amanda Nickerson, director of the University's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention."..this year we decided to focus on what happens after an event."

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This seminar is FREE and open to all who deal with school safety issues, including grade school, middle school, high school and district faculty, staff (administrators, counselors, psychologists, school resource officers, etc.) and school board members; college/university administrators; police officers and other law enforcement officials; first responders; elected officials; and transportation professionals. . (See registration details on the link above)

It is presented in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The FBI, and the US Secret Service,  (AGENDA BELOW)

FROM UB:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 8:15AM-4:15PM
Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo (North)

Collaborating to Address Safety & Mental Health Issues, and to Recover from Crises

The goal of this seminar is to help participants enhance collaboration, address mental health issues, de-escalate crises, and learn lessons about response and recovery from school-based tragedies.

SCHEDULE:

7:15-8:15AM            Sign-in & Registration with Coffee-Tea-Baked Goods
8:15-8:30AM            Welcome and Program Overview
8:30-10:00AM          Beyond Tragedy:  Response and Recovery (Michele Gay)

Participants will identify the critical needs and challenges of the school community during crisis, response, and recovery based on Michele’s personal perspective on the Sandy Hook School response & recovery efforts.

10:20-10:35AM        Q&A Session with Michele Gay

10:35AM-Noon       Collaboration btw. Education & Law Enforcement (Mo Canady)

Participants will learn about effective collaboration between law enforcement and schools, highlighting the unique knowledge and skills of school resource officers as law enforcement, counselor, and educator.

1:15-2:15PM            Addressing Mental Health & Safety with Adolescents: Understanding the Teen Brain (Mo Canady)
This session highlights information about the adolescent brain in order to help law enforcement and others working in school settings to better understand predictable behavioral issues that are commonly observed.

2:15-3:15PM            Developmentally Appropriate Education (Michele Gay)
This presentation will identify age and developmentally appropriate educational and training activities to increase safety awareness and readiness for K-12 students and staff.

 3:30-4:15PM            De-Escalation Strategies (Mo Canady)
Participants will learn how to recognize signs of an individual in crisis and how to de-escalate these situations.

 This seminar is FREE and open to all who deal with school safety issues, including grade school, middle school, high school and district faculty, staff (administrators, counselors, psychologists, school resource officers, etc.) and school board members; college/university administrators; police officers and other law enforcement officials; first responders; elected officials; and transportation professionals.

 

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