Safety Summit, bullying prevention conference bring together regional leaders, public safety

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Two InterMountain ESD-sponsored workshops will bring together regional education leaders to make schools even safer for local students as the 2011-2012 school year gets ready to begin.

On Thursday (Aug. 4), the IMESD will host its second Safety Summit, which will educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. Then on Friday (Aug. 5), school administrators, counselors, coaches, athletic directors and teachers have the opportunity to attend the “Eliminating Harassment, Bullying & Hate Crimes: A Leadership Challenge” conference.

Thursday’s Safety Summit – which runs all day at the Pendleton Convention Center – will cover topics such as incident planning and preparedness, proactive threat mitigation, parent reunification, vulnerability assessments and incident response for local school administrators and local law enforcement, school resource officers, and other first responders. The Summit is sponsored by the IMESD, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium and the University of Findlay.

IMESD hosted a similar event in January 2011, and hopes to continue to host the Summit annually before the start of school in the fall.

Friday’s anti-bullying, harassment and hate crimes conference brings federal, statewide and regional leaders to Cayuse Hall at the Wildhorse Resort’s Convention Center, including representatives from the Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights, Oregon Department of Education, Education Northwest’s Equity Assistance Center, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The school administrators, counselors, teachers, athletic directors and coaches who attend this event will learn about implications to schools and tribes for hate crimes, making schools safe from bullying, harassment, prejudicial slurs and hate crimes, ensuring school policies and procedures meet federal anti-discrimination laws, and race, sex and national origin issues in Title IX.

Media are invited to attend both of these conferences. For more information, please visit