Lee-Scott Academy was recently awarded the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Attorney General's 2019 Safe School Award for a private school. Only one private school is recognized every year, in addition to eight others from the state's eight public school districts.
Judges for the award noted that number of initiatives that distinguished Lee-Scott Academy, including extensive and ongoing training for staff and students, a first responders' breakfast and other collaborative efforts among first responders, key fobs for all students and staff, drug testing for all students and cyber safety classes," according to a news release.
"Schools apply, and we had the largest number of applications we’ve ever had this year, and then we have a team of experts from the education field, from the public safety field, as well as those who are experienced in school safety to evaluate those applications and then to choose winners ...," said Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. "These are important events for us because we acknowledge and highlight those schools that are doing school safety not only well but as best practices throughout the country. It’s an opportunity to be able to share with communities about the investment that certain schools are making in school safety."
Marshall presented the award to Lee-Scott Head of School Stan Cox last week during a ceremony in front a packed house of students and teachers in the school's gym.
"Lee-Scott is a shining example for the comprehensive nature of their plan, the integration of public safety into the school and also the fact that the students themselves take this very seriously," Marshall said.
Lee-Scott approaches school safety by making sure that students are emotionally, psychologically and physically safe every day, said Cox.
"It’s about everybody being safe and feeling good about themselves," he said. "After we got the initial call that we were going to receive an award, it was awesome.
"They’ve actually recognized what we do, so it’s been a great point of celebration within our staff. It’s also now able to get to our parents, get to our community that we take safety seriously. So it’s been an awesome experience."