QV School Police Officer Takes Part in Safety Forum

Quaker Valley School Police Officer Aaron Vanatta took part in a panel discussion about school safety for NPR Pittsburgh. He discussed the importance of carefully selected and properly trained school resource officers and the important roles connectivity, equity, and building relationships with students play in keeping schools safe.  "Making sure kids feel connected, respected, and that they are being treated fairly along with adequate faculty, staff & student training, community partnerships, and safe and secure facilities helps create a culture where students feel valued and safe," says Officer Vanatta. He also discussed Quaker Valley's Peer Jury program and how QV students are helping classmates stay out of the criminal justice system. Other panelists included Mica Lee Williams from ACLU Pittsburgh, Nia Arrington from Youth Power Collective, and Angel Gober from Education Rights Network. Click here to listen to the discussion. The panel is dated September 25, 2018 and is titled "School Safety". You'll find it at the bottom of the page.
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