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School Security Resources: Are You Prepared?

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June 4, 2018

At the last State Board meeting, Executive Director of Accreditation Jason Pittenger presented information about school security plans, state requirements for what they must contain, and he provided resources to help schools with their safety and security planning. The information bears re-emphasizing, in light of the very disturbing emerging trend of kids killing other kids within schools.  

School safety matters can no longer be thought of as not applicable to any particular district. As we’re seeing, these tragedies can happen anywhere, any time, and at any school, be it small or large.  We’re all in this together, so if your plan is not thorough and you haven't spent a sufficient amount of time reviewing it and practicing each step in your emergency response plan with all involved staff and community members, do NOT delay. Below are links to resources that could help, but if you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team who can help address all the critical points of creating a thorough plan.

Safety Plan Presentation

School Security Institute

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Terri Thomas

Director of Legal Services

Terri Thomas serves as Director of Legal Services for OPSRC.  Ms. Thomas is an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of Oklahoma school law, with a primary focus on rural and smaller school districts. Prior to OPSRC, she served as legal counsel for the Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS) from 1999 to 2015 and represents many school districts throughout all parts of the state.

It’s no accident that Terri wound up practicing school law.  She grew up in the school business. Terri’s father, the late Howard Thomas, was a school superintendent for 25 years in several Oklahoma school districts, including Pauls Valley—Terri’s hometown—and Ardmore. After graduating from Pauls Valley High School, Terri received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

She and her husband, Norman Thompson, and their 8-year old daughter, Mary, reside in Oklahoma City.

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