August 23, 2017--As part of ongoing professional development for faculty, coaches, and staff, Owen J. Roberts School District was pleased to host Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan to present to coaches on June 7, 2017, and to teachers on August 23, 2017, about appropriate behavior with students. The Chester County District Attorney’s Office made Chester County superintendents aware of the opportunity for educational sessions with employees in early May. Owen J. Roberts immediately scheduled the coach and faculty sessions and is planning a third session for all support staff so that every adult working with students be empowered with knowledge on everything from the basics to subtleties in relation to student/teacher boundaries.
The presentation given to both groups was direct and powerful. District Attorney Hogan defined harassment and provided five potent rules to guide behaviors. He spoke to the consequences of blurring or crossing boundaries, really engaged the audience in peer policing, and clearly defined the issues of professional transparency and reverence. Owen J. Roberts has been involved in ongoing training for teachers in relation to communications and social media, and District Attorney Hogan reinforced potential pitfalls and reviewed distinct guidelines for best practice. Feedback from coaches and staff has been excellent.
The safety of students and staff is of paramount importance to Owen J. Roberts School District. A variety of ongoing trainings to all staff members ranging from suicide awareness to social media training is provided each year. This year, the District will be using Safe Schools to supplement in-house and guest speakers as part of our overall professional training.