Wyoming School Safety Conference Focuses on Students

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School resource officers are looking to find ways to keep students safe by collaborating at a conference in Riverton.

News 13’s spoke with staff about how learning about their students home backgrounds, could impact their safety at school.

“We live in our own little world and a lot of times we don’t step outside of our box we stay in our box and we don’t seek to understand other people and their lives.”

This is one of the reasons why school officials along with student resource officers hosted the Wyoming School Safety Conference Wednesday.

“Bringing people in to talk about the poverty the sex abuse and things so that we can identify some of those problems earlier and build those relationships with the kids and try to get them the help before it gets to that point that something bad happens,” shared School Resource Officer Cody Myers.

Officers say the key to creating a welcoming school environment is simply, just listening to students.

“Listening to your student body we talk a lot about bringing a student in on your crisis team and listening to what they have to say sometimes we talk at kid so much we don’t listen.”

Presenters said at the conference having an understanding of children outside the classroom including economic status and if they have a role model at home could help tend to their learning needs.

Teacher Wes-Ann Brown commented, "Just seek to understand what’s going on at home and what’s going on at school and where the connections are and how you can make them be successful as students.”

But before that connection can be made teachers must first acknowledge what’s acceptable at home.

“First, you have to understand what they’re hidden rules are so you have to ask the student what are your rules at home.”

Another teacher, Kathy Case said, “Understanding their backgrounds and their background knowledge of what they do know so that we can take each individual group can’t teach them here’s how can you switch you do know and that’s great and we understand that but here’s what you need to know to how to be successful."

School officials added identifying social status isn't meant to judge students, or where they come from, but to identify problems, provide resources and minimize threats to school safety.

The three day conference ended Wednesday, but resource officers will continue looking into alternatives to keep students safe.