Rockwood administrators met with emergency responders from several municipalities in the school district for the annual summer review of safety policies and procedures July 24.
Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles said, "School safety and crisis response is of utmost importance. These meetings enhance our partnerships with emergency responders, including police and paramedics, so that in the event of a crisis we know how the response is going to unfold."
"It's about relationships," said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. "Our outstanding relationship with Rockwood goes back decades. Meetings like this as we approach the beginning of another school year provide another opportunity to make sure we coordinate to educate children and make sure they remain safe."
St. Louis County Emergency Management Specialist Ellie Collett oversees as many as 15 west St. Louis County municipalities.
"These meetings are great to meet and connect with everyone," said Collett. "Networking is important, so we can continue our relationship with Rockwood School District officials to make sure schools remain safe, and procedures and plans are followed according to FEMA guidelines."
Rockwood Executive Director Student Services Dr. Terry Harris said, "We are reviewing processes and procedures but also establishing relationships."