Security has always been a priority within the Fort Wayne Community Schools. This commitment became clearly apparent with the creation of a Security Department in 1995. The mission of the FWCS Security Department is to attempt to provide a safe learning environment for all students, staff, and visitors to our properties and events. While our teachers have the opportunity to use the best and most up to date teaching tools and philosophies, if a child does not feel safe and secure while attending school, then their ability to learn is greatly diminished.
We attempt to achieve this goal through emphasizing a collaborative approach to safety and security. We routinely provide and receive information from our local law enforcement providers, emergency responders, and fellow educators on a local, statewide, and national level. In addition we are proud to be able to state that many of the programs and initiatives that we have developed since 1995 have been copied by numerous school systems and their law enforcement partners across the country.
You can have the greatest curriculum offerings, the finest teachers, and the most outstanding facilities and resources, however, if kids don't feel safe, and their parents do not believe that you are aggressively attempting to provide a safe and secure learning environment for their children, then you will not be able to reach your full potential as a successful learning institution.
As Gary mentioned yesterday, active listening is
a skill that’s important for someone to acquire,
especially if that person is being bullied and wants to
make it stop.
The concept of active listening is summarized in the Verbal
Judo acronym of LEAPS. It stands for Listen, Empathize,
Ask, Paraphrase and Summarize.
Click here for Gary’s overview. We’ll go through it step-by-
step over the next few days.
Our program, Manage Bullying: Answers for Parents, is built
upon the methods developed by Dr. George Thompson and the
Verbal Judo Institute. Thompson has trained over a million
individuals, mostly within law enforcement, to deflect verbal
abuse and diffuse potentially violent situations.
Over the course of this 30-day series, we’ll introduce you to the
strategies that will keep you and your children safe from the
devastating effects of bullying.
Here’s to these 30 days, and the skills to last a lifetime.
Gary T. Klugiewicz
Verbal Defense Trainers, Manage Bullying: Answers for Parents
Bullying is addressed at all levels in FWCS through several programs. Bullying come in many forms - physical, emotional and cyber bullying. Visit our Bullying Prevention page to learn more about our programs and what you can do to prevent bullying.
What your children should know ...
DO NOT BE PASSIVE - FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE!!