Under the guidance of Walter Davie, the Tuscaloosa County School District serves as a safety model of distinction for large school districts. Davie has appropriately staffed the needs of school safety for his 22,000 students. Within his safety plan, roles and responsibilities are understood and respected.
Tuscaloosa, like many large districts, falls under multiple layers of public safety with police and with the county sheriff’s office. However, there is an absolute understanding of who is in charge, who leads, and who will follow if there was a crisis in the district.
Tuscaloosa leadership has clearly defined the importance of communication and partnership—the deep meaning and relevance of the district’s plan.
The Tuscaloosa County School District’s plan is built around accessibility to all stakeholders, recognizing that their plan is always fluid moving forward, and that safety relationships are the essential ingredient to their work.
Davie and his staff are highly commended for the exemplar they have developed with school safety.
Any school leader looking to better understand safety would be encouraged to call the AASA Safety line at 571-480-0313.
Dr. Joseph Erardi
AASA Safety Consultant