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Page 4B EDUe,&IlION Hays Free Press ° January 16, 2013 + + School Safety 'Forever fl4emories Photography "Ca ture the Moment" ForeverMemoriesPhotographyKyle.com Continued from pg. 3B create a reassuring presence for campus staff, parents and students," Barnett said. He also said that his department is collaborating with other area emergency responders. "We want to make sure everyone understands the terminology as well as continue to keep the lines of communi- cation open," Barnett said. According to Barnett, all Kyle police officers attend Advanced Law Enforce- ment Rapid Response Training (AL- ERRT) at Texas State University. The ALERRT curriculum, developed after the tragedy at Columbine High School, has become the national standard in active shooter response training. "They have all taken an active shooter course- it's specifically designed to deal with someone actively shooting at hu- man targets," he said. Barnett said his officers also receive basic and advanced level tactical train- ing in dealing with tense situations in- cluding those that may involve hostages. Two of his officers, Sgt. Jacob Luria and Det. P.J. Carrasco, are part of the region- al task force for hostage negotiation. Savoy said the district and local law enforcement are reviewing a school safety program created by the I Love You Guys Foundation. The foundation was created by the parents of Emily Keyes, who was killed by a gunman at Platte Canyon High School in Colorado in September 2006. While Emily was held hostage in the school, she sent texts to her parents say- ing "I love you guys. k?" As a result of that incident, the foundation developed the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), a classroom response to any school incident. The SRP standardizes the vocabulary and helps all stakeholders understand the response and status of the event, be it a gunman, a tornado or a chemical leak. This common vocabulary helps es- tablish a greater predictability through- out the incident. Savoy said local law enforcement, as well as the district, is interested in the SRP. "We're going to look at that," he said. "We just need to make sure it's compat- ible with what we're already using so we don't have to start over." In the meantime, Savoy said there are some things parents and students can do to enhance safety and security at schools. He urged all parents and family mem- bers to continue to follow the safety procedures in place, such as providing a valid ID upon entering a campus. He also said parents and students should report suspicious behavior to school administrators. Students who reported the alleged plot of a Hays High School student last year to set off a bomb in school helped law enforcement arrest the student be- fore he did anything, according to Savoy. "If a student sees or knows something that could help keep everyone safe, we want them to feel very comfortable talking to a teacher or principal," Savoy said. Savoy said it's also important for par- ents to be able to recognize any poten- tial issues from their own children. "Parents can report any behavior that concerns them, including from their own children," he said. "School admin- istrators can then determine what may need to happen at that point." Counselor's Corner Continued from pg. 3B nity members need to come together and support one another, and educate our younger generation. Get involved in activities outside of your comfort zone, expose yourself and your children to different kinds of people. Often people bully because they don't understand, or don't accept differences in others. We feel howwe feel, and know what we know because of our past, our experiences. We often generalize a belief to a group of people because of lack of exposure or understanding. Teach and model a non-judgmental at- titude. You may not agree with someone, or someone's way of life, but taunting and disrespect can be avoided. Build relationships with others who appreciate you for who you are. Teach your children to choose friends that sup- port them. Be a good listener to others. Do not judge what you hear. Be a problem solver. Be available to listen and talk to your child about what's going on in their life. Help them to problem solve. You won't always be there. Empathize. Take a moment to step out of your experience and into someone else's shoes. Teach kindness and model this behav- ior- be aware of your own inadvertent aggressive behaviors in relationships (eye rolling, sarcasm, sighs...). When speaking with youth, talk about all sides of the issue. They may be open about telling you about being a "victim" of an incident, but they rarely tell you when they are the aggressor. We all have the potential to be both. Don't be the "person in the middle". If you take the role of "he told me this about you" you become part of the problem. If your child is "in the middle," firmly and lovingly encourage him/her to support the target, and not take part in the ag- gression. They should report the aggres- sion to someone in power. Live in reality: Your kids are prob- ably involved with or at least exposed to texting, sexting, IMing, blogging, posting and more. Learn to Talk, Text, or Tweet with your child and Listen. Become electronically savvy. As a family, create a family computer and cell phone rules. Discuss an "open check" policy. If you pay for the services you have the right to check them any- time, but inform your kids of that policy. Sneaking in to check does not allow for building trust. Do not allow computers in isolated ar- eas and understand blocking and filters. Use them. Talk about all roles in the real world and cyber world; including alleged target, alleged "bully", and bystander. Join organizations and your commu- nity that support pease in the world and peaceful efforts around you. Join us for the Live in Peace Rally, Jan. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Buda Park Pavilion. There will be speakers, food and activities, and surprise performances. Hope to see you all there! Helpful websites: www.bullyfreekids.com www.bullying.org www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org www.heyugly.org www.buUying.com.au www.survivingbullies.com www.namesdohurt.com www. Sprigeo.com www.ancom.com Software: www.keylogger.com (tracks keystrokes, web- pages, emails, and IM conversation) www.eblaster.com www.watchdogpc.com Michelle Winn is a counselor at Negley Elementary School + :j n Ear, Nose Throat Clinic PEDIATRIC AND ADULT CARE Children's ENT • Ear Tube Placement • Tonsil & Adenoid Surgery • Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery • Allergy Testing • Sublingual Therapy Ear & Hearing • Chronic Ear Infections • Ruptured Ear Drum • Hearing and Balance Evaluation • Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) • Dizziness&Vertigo Allergy • Testing for Pollen, Mold, Dust & Pet Allergens • Allergy Shots Nose & Sinus • CT Sinus Scans • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery • In-office Balloon Sinuplasty Throat, Head & Neck • Sleep Apnea • Tonsil/Adenoid Surgery • Hoarseness Head & Neck Cancer • Lymph Node Evaluation & Surgery • Mouth and Throat Cancer Screening & Surgery • Salivary Gland Treatment & Surgery Thyroid and Parathyroid • Ultrasound and Needle Biopsy • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Thomas Nowlin, MD (512) 268-5282 211 Elmhurst Dr. Suite E Kyle, TX 78640 In Go Forth Square Taylor Shepard, MD of Austin Ear, Nose Throat Clinic, LLC Amber Bass, Au.D, CCC-A • Programming • Comprehensive Hearing • Fittings Evaluations • Cleaning & Repairs • Visual Reinforcement • Tubing Changes Audiometry (VRA) • Earmolds • Otoacoustic Emission • Custom Ear Plugs Testing (OAE) • Hearing Protection • Video Nystagmography • Assistive Listening Devices fVNG) • Recasing • ImmittanceTesting • 'Dry and Store' Kits Visit Us Online www.austinent.com