HSD Holds Additional Meeting With Fire, Police to Improve Safety

Hazelwood Board of Education members and other district leaders, met with leaders from the Florissant, Hazelwood and St. Louis police departments, as well as leaders from the Florissant Valley, Spanish Lake and Black Jack fire protection districts. The meeting centered on security measure to insure school safety.

Hazelwood School District administrators held a meeting Jan. 3, with leaders from police and fire departments serving schools in the district. Superintendent Tobias, in addition to HSD Board of Education members and other district leaders, met with leaders from the Florissant, Hazelwood and St. Louis police departments, as well as leaders from the Florissant Valley, Spanish Lake and Black Jack fire protection districts.

The purpose of the meeting was to improve communication and re-examine and review safety procedures to ensure the safety of our students and staff. District leaders first met with police and fire officials in late December.

“This is a great opportunity to move forward by bringing the police, fire and school district together in an effort to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff and community members. Safety is our highest priority and we want to cooperate with all of our officials who serve our students and community,” said Tobias.

During the meeting, police and fire officials continued a discussion that began in December regarding the safety of our schools.  In December, HSD officials shared the HSD emergency operations procedures with the police and fire officials and asked for feedback on ways to improve.

Tobias said. “We will be working in partnership with our police and fire agencies to conduct a safety and security audit that will provide HSD with recommendations for improvement.”

Tobias said he plans to hold more meetings in the future to ensure the conversation about improving school safety continues. In addition, police and fire officials are invited to share an update on our partnership at the HSD Board of Education meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on  Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 15955 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant.

(This story was provided by the Hazelwood School District)



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