Recently our CEO, Joe Bruzzese got the opportunity to interview the Director Of Student Services, from the DeForest area School District, in DeForest Wisconsin. Not to mention, Mr. Perrodin was also the first recipient of the National Sprigeo Award for excellent and Social Change.
During the interview, David tells us it is hard to define what exactly is bullying. He shares with us that everyone needs to be educated about the difference between bullying and conflicts, and that is an important start when identifying what’s going on.
David, who is a very appreciative, caring, and hard working man, is constantly taking steps forward to help spread the word about bullying and school safety. We are very excited to share this interview with you, and hope you are able to appreciate David’s work as we do.
Please check out the full interview with Joe Bruzzese and David Perrodin
School safety incidents like those in Connecticut and more recently in Taft, California remind us of the importance of developing a close partnership between students, staff members and parents. Working together to create safe schools requires an ongoing conversation about effective safety measures. Recently, Sprigeo CEO Joe Bruzzese had an opportunity to talk with an expert on school safety and crisis preparedness. David Perrodin is the Director of Student Services for the DeForest Area School District in DeForest, Wisconsin where he oversees special education, counseling, nursing, social work services and crisis preparedness and response.
During the video interview, David answered the following three questions:
1. What questions are school officials being asked by teachers, parents, community members and the media regarding school security and crisis preparedness – and how are you responding to those questions?
2. How can school officials effectively communicate the status of the safety school of environment, safety audits and school connectedness to teachers, parents, community members and the media? Also, to what extent should this information be shared with students?
3. What is known about active shooter situations and active shooters?
In addition to the video interview David offered the following set of documents that may be used by schools and parents as tools for an ongoing discussion about school safety.
Download these Crisis Preparedness and Response Documents
K-12 School Connectedness and Prevention Scope & Sequence
This document was developed as a quick-view reference of some of the key things that our counselors and school staff do at each grade level to promote school connectedness – which aligns with the 2009 CDC report on School Connectedness – Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth. Virtually all of these activities also prevent or address bullying!
School Safety Talking Points of Current Status of School Environment and Operations
This is a talking points document for administrators and teachers relative to the physical environment school security, safety audits and school connectedness.
School Safety Talking Points – What is Known About Active Shooter Situations?
This is a talking points document for administrators and teachers designed to communicate research-supported, objective information about active shooter situations and also how certain measures taken by schools can counter some of the most statistically relevant characteristics of students who may decide to attack schools. This document is useful in addressing myths (many of which promote stereotyping) about the profiles of school attackers and active shooter situations.
Practical Ways to Address Bullying of and By Students with Disabilities
This a talking points document co-authored by Student Services Director, David Perrodin and Attorney, Joann Hart of Boardman and Clark Law Firm.