The Washoe County School District is scheduled to host a Wednesday night community forum and roundtable discussion on student safety among other topics.

This event will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at Bernice Mathews Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

“This community meeting is an important part of our commitment to provide the latest information to the community about keeping our students and staff members safe and secure at school,” said Lisa Ruggerio, chairperson of the Safe and Healthy Schools Commission. “School safety continues to be at the forefront of everything we do on the Commission, and we work hard to continually evaluate our security measures, emergency plans, buildings, drills, and practices. We invite the community to participate in this meeting, and look forward to hearing their input.”

The meeting will also feature round table discussions on topics including: 

• School visitor management 

• School site security 

• Bullying 

• Mental wellness 

• Emergency procedures 

• Communications and social media 

“Working in partnership with our families, staff members, students, and community at large is vitally important to our efforts,” said Ruggerio. “Our District’s highest priority is school safety, and preparation is a huge part of our commitment. Forums and discussions play a critical role in ensuring that everyone can provide input, learn about our emergency plans, and be prepared if we have an emergency situation. We are grateful to the Board of Trustees, Superintendent Traci Davis, and our community for working with us as we carry out our work.”

(Washoe County School District contributed to this report.)