BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Within the last few weeks, officials at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System put a plan into place to handle any challenges and questions teachers may face from students returning to school after a particularly violent and turbulent end to their summer vacations.
School officials enacted the plan following the killings of Alton Sterling and three law enforcement officers.
"The school resource officers, I think, have done a very good job," said Superintendent Warren Drake. "I think it's important for them to know, and I think we all know this, that it's not their job to be the disciplinarians in the school. They're there to develop relationships with our staff and our students and if there is a miss you, where they are needed, they are available."
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Michelle Clayton said a teacher who had been studying relationships between the community and police came to them with a detailed plan and they enacted it.
"We will have two students from each grade level grade 6 through 12th, and a risk student in that grade level as well as a student in a leadership position. Those students will meet alongside law-enforcement once a month to discuss different issues and build positive relationships," Clayton said.
Drake said his team met with all of the school system employees to ensure students are given the appropriate opportunities to express themselves concerning things going on in their communities.
"We just want to make sure teachers are ready to engage our students in those discussions and so we've provided the professional development from LSU to make sure they are ready to engage the students," Clayton said.
"I think the word of the year is going to be, respect," Drake said. "I think that regardless of what people think and say, we don't always have to agree with one another but I think we always have to be respectful of one another."