School Safety

School Health & Safety

Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED) reformatted an advisory group to work with the department on issues related to school health & safety. This working committee was designed to:

  • Provide EED with information on local school health & safety concerns
  • Provide EED with concrete feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the current technical assistance efforts surrounding school health & safety areas
  • Provide recommendations to EED regarding research-based programming and implementation gaps in Alaska (funding, infrastructure, cultural appropriateness, teacher turnover, capacity of staff to coordinate programming, expertise/lack of training etc.)
  • Assist EED in gathering resources on policies, curriculum, standards, assessments & strategies regarding school health & safety to disseminate to Alaska schools and communities
  • Assist EED in establishing a framework of responding to "crisis" situations


Committee members were recommended to the Commissioner of Education and approved based on their expertise as well as their ability to represent both urban and rural schools; parents; and state agencies dealing directly with issues of health & safety of students. Committee members are:

  • Michael Kerosky - Anchorage School District
  • Julie McWilliams - Lower Kuskokwim School District
  • Jim Wanser - Mat-Su Borough School District
  • Ron Fried - Kodiak Island Borough School District
  • Timi Tullis - Association of Alaska School Boards
  • Wendy Leach - Fairbanks North Star Youth Court
  • Patty Owen - Department of Health & Social Services
  • Todd Brocious - Department of Education & Early Development

The first meeting of the committee was held on October 24, 2007. At that meeting, priority areas were established and work began on a resource document that would address several of the key objectives for the committee. This publication is the result of the resources gathered from the committee work. We welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement.