The National Police, invited for this purpose by the Education Inspection of the Ministry of Education of the Andalusian Government, carried out last Thursday, September 8, 2022 in the auditorium of the IES Padre Luis Coloma, secondary school dean in the city, a day of work on Security and application of the Master Plan for the Coexistence and Improvement of Security in Educational Centers and their surroundings in view of the imminent start of classes for the 2022-23 School Year, in She was attended by all the directors of CEIPS Early Childhood and Primary Education, as well as Secondary, Baccalaureate and Training Cycles, IES, FP, both public and concerted and private, as well as those responsible for the Guidance Area of the Educational Area of Jerez.
The purpose of the working day was to coordinate, maintain and, as far as possible, improve the actions, communication channels and procedures to guarantee the safety and tranquility of the entire educational group in the city in view of the start of the classes, which begin for Infant, Primary and Special Education this Monday 12 and for Secondary, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training next Thursday 15 September.
The objective of the National Police is to continue to maintain the safety of both the group of pupils and students as well as the education professionals in the entire section that includes, from early childhood education to the end of high school or training cycles, as well as the implementation of support in training in safety matters for students that has been offered for years for all educational centers.
One hundred and forty-nine education professionals were present at the conference, with the entire staff of the area Education Inspection as well as the board of directors of the Orientation Area, as well as the 85 directors of the Infant Schools and Public Primary, the 28 of the Public Secondary Institutes as well as the 19 of the concerted centers and the two of the strictly private centers, in these last two cases centers that offer both primary and secondary in their facilities.
The day was divided into two work meetings; the first with the professionals of early childhood and primary education and the second with those responsible for secondary, high school and professional training, since the problem in both cases, although it presents similarities in the most basic aspects, has differences and specific characteristics that require a specific analysis and a different approach in each case, in both cases the channels of communication with the National Police were analyzed in the event of the appearance, both within the centers and in their surroundings, of security problems that require the presence of agents of the police, either one-off or continuously over time, as well as guidelines to help in the possible detection of these situations and their different incidents.
Thus, in primary education, the National Police pays special attention to the appearance of outsiders who intend to interact with children inside or outside the premises, that of reckless or negligent drivers in the vicinity, as well as the necessary on many occasions, advice to addresses in cases of separated parents in permanent conflict that pose problems at the time of delivery, collection or custody of minors.
In the case of secondary education, the agents take special care to prevent the appearance of knives or other types of weapons within the centers, the prevention of brawls between students or with young people outside the center, the consumption and/or trafficking of drugs within the Institute or in the vicinity, vigilance against groups of juvenile delinquents who may be located waiting to rob students, etc.
One more year, special attention will be given to possible cases of bullying and cyberbullying at school, both inside and outside school hours, realities to which special attention is paid by the directors of the centers themselves and the Education Inspectorate in constant coordination with the Citizen Participation Unit and the UFAM Women’s Family Unit of the National Police, to deal with cases that, being especially malicious and harmful to the victims, in addition to the administrative process and the pertinent sanctions in this way, should be reported to the Authority Judicial and Prosecutor’s Office for Minors for simultaneous processing by the Justice body.
Training offer of the Master Plan for Coexistence and Improvement of Safety in Educational Centers and their Environments
Similarly, the portfolio of support services in security training offered by the National Police to all centers was presented in detail and from which, only during the past school year 2021-22, they benefited in the city nearly 3,000 male and female students of all age groups.
Thus, for Early Childhood education and the first years of Primary, the following are carried out:
- Exhibition of vehicles and police means for the little ones (with the possibility of a Canine Guide unit when feasible) together with a mini-class on basic safety tips for those ages. (What to do if I get lost, beware of strangers, mom or dad’s phone number and address, be careful when crossing the road and if I drop a ball in the street, what to do if I’m alone with an older person who gets sick, etc. .)
- Special joint National Police and UNICEF training campaign for girls and boys in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades of primary school, basic advice; when you go out, when you are at home, when you connect to the Internet, along with the story “The Secrets Club”, designed by psychologists and counselors especially to train the little ones in the face of bad or pernicious secrets (prevention of sexual abuse of minors).
- One hour class on introduction to the risks and dangers of the Internet for 5th grade students.
- CIBEREXPERT program for 6th grade students. Longer course, (five days of class with the same group) for the training of students on: Digital identity, online behavior, social networks and privacy, identity theft, cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, techno-addictions, apps, games and content inappropriate for their ages. Note that in this program a complementary conference is given for all the fathers and mothers of the attending students and that at the end each of them is given their personalized “Cyberexpert” card.
- School for Parents through the AMPAS on Internet Risks and Dangers for Children and Youth.
For Secondary, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training, the following is carried out:
- One and a half hour class on the Risks and Dangers of the Internet adapted to their respective ages (especially for teenagers and pre-teens).
- Conference on prevention of drug use and its consequences.
- Conference on professional orientation for 2nd high school and FP.
- School for Parents through the AMPAS on Internet Risks and Dangers for youth and the danger of drug use.