FCPS Safety Advisory Council closer to making final recommendations

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After a month of meetings, the Fayette Co. District Safety Advisory Council met for the last time.

The council brainstormed recommendations Thursday night, which they plan to present to policymakers based on what experts said in previous meetings. The meetings discussed a wide-range of topics including juvenile justice, mental health, student voice, and social media.

"We want solutions that can be used across our system, across our county, and also ... tailored to individual schools," said Fayette Co. Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk.

Members met in small groups looking at best practices discussed throughout the meetings and what it would take to implement them. They then presented to the council mentioning solutions ranging in topics from metal detectors, school counselors, student field trips, and juvenile justice reform.

For people in the audience, certain ideas stuck out to them.

"I am thrilled that yoga and mindfulness was mentioned," said Lafayette High School teacher Mary Kay Howard. "I think they're looking at a holistic approach to this and I hope that our voices are going to be heard."

The ideas discussed Thursday will be narrowed down and put in a final draft that will be presented to lawmakers and community members.

"They're going to be working all next week on pulling those recommendations - again brainstorming. We are going to drill deeper into those recommendations," Caulk said.

The superintendent hopes to have final recommendations ready by the time students and teachers return from Spring Break, which is the week of April 9.

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