2008 Alabama Safe Schools

It's not uncommon to hear about school violence across the country and that's why in Alabama educators are working overtime to make sure our students are safe.   Today, eleven schools across the state were recognized as 2008 Safe Schools of Excellence.   Forest Avenue Academic Magnet Elementary was among the schools to receive the award,  Montgomery Schools Superintendent John Dilworth and Attorney General Troy King were on hand for the presentation.

"It means that school administrators, parents, students are taking the responsibility of keeping our kids safe. If there is one place where kids should be able to go in Alabama and know when the doors close they are safe it's at school " said Attorney General Troy King.

This year makes the sixth year Forest Avenue Academic Magnet Elementary school has applied for the award.  "We have a plan we put together every year and there are a lot of contingencies we must address not only fire drills and tornado drills but a lot of things all the way down to an aircraft disaster that we have to include in that plan" said school principal Jan Hill.

The Alabama safe schools awards began in 2002. This year, an independent panel of law enforcement, emergency response officers teachers and school administrators chose the    winners.

The Alabama safe schools initiative is implemented through the Attorney General's office. In 2000 it distributed to private and public schools a uniformed guideline to help schools prepare their own emergency response plan.  More than 55 schools were nominated for the 2008 Alabama Safe Schools Award of Excellence.