Governor Wolf Works to Make Schools Safer

Yesterday, Governor Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came together to announce the creation of a School Safety Task Force.

According to Philadelphia Magazine:

“Wolf and DePasquale gathered at Penn Wynne Elementary School to detail plans for the task force, which comes amid calls for tougher school security (and gun laws) roughly one month after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.”

The Task Force will be comprised of government officials, statewide education organizations, law enforcement, community members, school officials, teachers, and parents who will come together with the shared goal of improving school safety and security.

“Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvanians, especially our children, is my top priority as governor,” said Governor Wolf. “I am creating a school safety task force to ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure that our schools are a safe place for our children to learn. By working together and listening to those on the front lines, we can find solutions that will improve school safety, security, and preparedness.”

Governor Wolf will specifically be focusing on funding needs for school safety and security, the effectiveness of student support and physical and mental health programs, strengthening state requirements for active shooter trainings and other security protocols, expanding information sharing among local schools, law enforcement, health care providers, and human services programs, and examining tools for reporting suspicious activity.

The governor especially wants to hear from Pennsylvanians of all walks of life– school officials, teachers, parents, students, law enforcement, health professionals, community partners, etc.– about their thoughts on school safety and security. He has opened up an online feedback form for the public to submit any suggestions.

Governor Wolf knows that it’s unacceptable for any child to fear going to school and for any parent to send their children to school fearing that they might not come home. He’s asking for your help to work with him and the School Safety Task Force to ensure that our schools provide a safe learning environment for all children.