KISD Safety Week set Jan. 27-31

Safety Week attracts first responders to schools
By: Todd Martin
Look next week for visiting police officers and firefighters to visit with students and give important suggestions on staying safe driving and bicycling, interacting in the community and following the law.
Safety is always important and Killeen ISD campus leaders will once again take special care to remind students of the many ways to keep safe.
The school district’s annual Safety Week is Monday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Jan. 31.
In addition to first-responder guests, school counselors and nurses will provide information about matters of physical and emotional health.
There will even be a remote-controlled bus named Buster making the rounds to urge students to be cautious boarding onto and riding on buses and moving around the large vehicles.
Killeen ISD Safety Director Chuck Kelley refers to a “safety mindset.”
From dangerous weather to suspicious people, the world presents plenty of dangers. “The campuses take the information our department gives them and gives it to the kids to help maintain that safety mindset,” Kelley said.
For example, students and staff members need to remember not to open the door for anyone who knocks, but to follow procedures for entering a school through the front entrance vestibule.
Each school takes a different approach to the annual KISD Safety Week.
Many schools purchase supplies related to safety and invite community leaders to discuss tips with students.
Maude Moore Wood Elementary School Assistant Principal Kim Lind, the campus coordinator for safety week said the week of emphasis provides a perfect opportunity to give students a reminder.
“It boils down to informing kids about ways to be safe in the world in which we live,” said Lind.
Maude Moore Wood Elementary has several activities planned for the week, January 27 to 31, including visits from emergency first responders like the Killeen Police Department’s motorcycle and bicycle officers.
“Kids by nature are very trustworthy and most people in their lives are kind and nurturing,” Lind said, “but staying safe is so important when trouble could be around the corner. To offset danger, it is important to educate children about appropriate boundaries that will keep them from harm.” 
Police officers remind students about staying vigilant around strangers, walking to and from school in groups, observing laws of the road while riding bicycles and staying safe online among many other lessons.
Firefighters and other experts often discuss fire safety and point out the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
Safety Week, Kelley said, is a natural time for students to see uniformed officers in a professional demeanor and understand their job is to help.
“It is an opportunity to bridge and promote positive relationships with authority figures within the community,” Lind pointed out. “Students need to know that authority figures are there to help them when they are in harm’s way and to keep our neighborhoods safe.” 
“I love safety week because it is a time for our school to open our doors and invite in all the community helpers that work fearlessly to protect what we value most - our young people.”