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LCSD counselors talk about helping students have a positive experience; Superintendent Schofield addresses school safety as the school year begins soon – Cache Valley Daily | #schoolsaftey

Logan High School.

LOGAN —  On his monthly showcase of Logan City School District, Superintendent Frank Schofield brought two school counselors with him to KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday.

Schofield said their focus is helping students and families have positive experiences as kids transition back into the school routine.

Trudy Peterson, a counselor at Logan High School said social media is one of the big challenges for her students.

“So, we’re happy to see some things happening in the state in regards to that. We also deal with a lot of anxiety, depression, types of emotional issues for our students, so we try to gear up for that, so that we’re able to meet them and help them with their needs. Of course, with high school our students are working towards graduation, so that’s a huge part of our focus,” Peterson explained.

She said also keeping in mind the school’s motto, or mission, to ‘ensure all students leave school ready to create a positive future for themselves and their community’, they provide them with ability to be able to go forward after high school and post-high school opportunities.

She said they try to prepare students even for careers that haven’t been invented yet.

Also on the program was Chris Hardy, who is a counselor at Bridger and Adams Elementary schools, talked about how they prepare kids at that level.

“Yeah, and what we’re doing at the elementary level is also trying to do a career week and do some career exploration with these kids. But mainly to try to expand their imagination into, like you said, jobs that haven’t even been invented yet, and try to get them the skills, emotional regulative type of skills to have so that they can be successful no matter what comes their way,”  Hardy said.

He said it’s exciting to see them excited for things, but they also want to make sure they are prepared.

Schofield responded to a caller who had been a junior high school teacher for about nine years, about what the district is doing to protect schools from events such as an active shooter.

He said that was discussed just this week by the school board.  Schofield said school safety is built around three primary components.

“One is your school culture, and are you creating a culture that builds a sense of connection, helps people feel committed to the school, where the school doesn’t become a target? So, if you have a teenager who’s at risk of developing those anti-social thought processes and behaviors that lead to school shootings, what are you doing to put them in an environment where the school doesn’t become the target. They feel connected to teachers, they feel connected to their peers,” he explained.

The second area of school safety is what he referred to as ‘hardening procedures’, the things that administrators and faculty do to try to prevent a person with ill-intent from getting into the school.

The third component is ‘response protocols’, if there is an emergency, students and staff are appropriately trained on how to respond.

Schofield said they do what’s called ‘unified incident command’ training with the Logan City Police Department and other first responders and also have tools to communicate quickly and accurately with law enforcement.

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