New ICCSD safety committee could start making recommendations this summer

New ICCSD safety committee could start making recommendations this summer
KCJJ Staff
06/12/18

A committee established to address school safety issues in Iowa City Community Schools could bring changes to the district by as early as this fall.

District director of student services Kate Callahan told the school board on Tuesday they plan to have a committee formed next week. The application process opened last week and Callahan says as of Monday they had more than 70 applications.

She says a steering committee will start the selection process next week and will inform chosen candidates on June 20. Once that happens, she says they will meet monthly and could make recommendations for the upcoming school year, such as possibly including ALICE training for everyone – teachers and students.

The stated aim of the School Safety Advisory Committee is to provide guidance to the board regarding safety and security measures in the district. Its creation comes in the wake of several school shootings and student protests both nationwide and locally.

Callahan says once the committee is able to get together multiple times, they plan to present a long-term safety and security plan by next spring.