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UPDATE: Sun Prairie schools stress community involvement at safety conference

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- It's often said that it takes a village to raise a child.

Sun Prairie police and school district officials reached out to the rest of the metaphorical village Tuesday evening. The district opened up its doors for a school safety conference.

Parents, as well as interested members of the community, were invited to attend and learn about the school system's basic safety protocols.

"The more closely we work together, the more we communicate, the more we share information and the more we're giving a similar message, the more apt it is that the message is going to stick and that it's actually going to be heard," said Director of Student Services Jennifer Apodaca.

Apodaca said the school safety conference allowed the district to build up relationships with the parents of its students. She said that might prove useful if a child's parent needs to reach out to school officials for help in dealing with a problem.

Tuesday's conference featured seminars on topics like drug abuse prevention, bullying prevention and suicide prevention.

Those who attended were also briefed on safety basics such as the district's yearly schedule of emergency drills and its emergency response system based around code words.

"Knowledge is power, right?" Apodaca said. "So the more people know, the better they'll be equipped to respond when concerns come up."

Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said the easiest way for parents to keep their kids safe is to remain "engaged" in their daily activities.

"Educate yourself about the issues that are swirling around our society, especially as it pertains to kids," Anhalt said. "Come to conferences like this. Ask questions. Talk to your kids."

"Know their friends. Know their friends' parents," Anhalt added.


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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- The Sun Prairie School District will present parents and interested members of the public with the basics of its school safety plan Tuesday evening.

District spokesperson Sarah Heck said the idea for Tuesday's School Safety Conference came about after a survey last fall that showed school safety and school technology as two topics many in Sun Prairie were interested in learning more about. A conference on technology was held in February.

Tuesday evening's conference runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Prairie View Middle School.

Those attending will receive a welcome from the Sun Prairie School District and Sun Prairie Police before having the opportunity to sit in on a number of different seminars.

Seminar topics include social media's impact on students, bullying prevention, suicide prevention and the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

WKOW will have more on the safety conference tonight on 27 News at 10.

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