Winston-Salem principals focus on student relations and intervention strategies at school safety workshop

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (WGHP) – A Triad school system is hosting a comprehensive workshop on safety and security after a month plagued by children bringing guns to schools.

Schools in Winston-Salem Forsyth County are hosting a two-hour Safe and Secure Schools workshop, which is attended by district staff and community members.

District leaders say they are trying to avoid using band-aid measures on things. They are studying in depth a multilevel strategy for safety and security.

School leaders say they are taking a three-step approach, starting with new security measures. Then, they will move on to implementing new prevention measures and finally, they will focus on intervention strategies.

Some security measures being discussed are random checks at school as well as a clear bag requirement.

The list of new measures is long, including gang intervention, anonymous reporting systems, and ongoing work with a national security expert to update their approach as needed.

WSFCS Superintendent Tricia McManus says it’s important that they take these safety precautions while building relationships with students and making sure they feel taken care of.

This is just an information workshop, so no action will take place, and we will have more on this when the meeting ends around 10 a.m.

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