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School safety event open to community

Session for parents, families set for Tuesday night

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency is partnering with Safe Havens International to offer a free workshop designed to offer educators, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, community members, students and families insights and approaches that have been used to successfully avert hundreds of planned and imminent school shootings.

The workshops will be held in three sessions, all at the Little Theater at Fort Dodge Senior High School on Tuesday.

The two earlier sessions, 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. will both feature the same content and be geared toward educators, health care professionals, law enforcement personnel and counselors.

The third session, which will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be tailored for parents, families and the community.

All three sessions are free to attend.

The keynote presenter will be Chris Dorn, an analyst with Safe Havens International, the world’s largest nonprofit school safety center.

The workshops will cover the roots and causes of school violence, as well as what past events have taught the school safety community.

“Fort Dodge has a great reputation for caring about one another and for caring about kids, so it takes all of us working together to make sure kids feel safe and accepted and welcomed,” said Connie Johnson, communications director for Prairie Lakes AEA. “So we encourage anybody to come to the event and learn more about what some of the stereotypes are, what some warning signs and preventions are. We want every child to feel safe and secure and loved.”