Certified staff at Warsaw Community Schools will get training on preventing child sex abuse.

Chief Academic Officer David Robertson explained to the school board Tuesday afternoon about the Commit to Kids training that teachers at every school will get this semester.

Commit to Kids is a step-by-step program designed to prevent child sex abuse in an organization.

“We continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and safety teams at each school to plan for safety,” he said.

Robertson became a certified trainer for Commit to Kids about three years ago at the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy. He’s done some training at a church and with church groups on the program, and WCS has given its new teachers the training over the last few years.

“However, we feel we’re at a place now where all of our certified teachers” should receive this training, he said.

The training takes about 45 minutes and focuses on two areas: awareness and prevention.

“It’s just another layer of protection we’re going to bring to our schools,” Robertson said.

Earlier in the meeting, Chief Technology Officer Brad Hagg told the board about a donation of 182 items from Da-Lite Screen totaling over $22,000. With him were Jason Elder, Da-Lite plant controller, and Wendy Cox, director of product management.

“We have a long partnership with Da-Lite, going back years and years,” said Hagg. “They have given some equipment to our school district over the years and really partnered with us on some fantastic projects.”

Da-Lite recently reached out to Warsaw Community Schools about some equipment that was “coming out of service as active sales” and offered that equipment to WCS. The 182 items included podiums, computer furniture and power strips.

“We’re really excited about it, so deeply grateful to them for our continued partnership,” Hagg said.

The school board will formally approve the donation at its meeting Monday.

Chief Analytics Officer Shelly Wilfong presented the board with the draft of the 2020-21 school year calendar.

“We had talked about doing a process where we approve two years of a school calendar, and then we meet every other year as a calendar committee,” she told the board.

Currently, the committee and school board approve a calendar year one year at a time.

Wilfong said if the calendar committee likes the process, it will meet in October or November to approve a two-year calendar. She said Terry Sims, the teachers union president, likes the two-year process.

For the 2020-21 draft calendar, start of the school year for teachers would be Aug. 14, 2020. Students will get out of school by Memorial Day in 2021.

An alternate graduation date would be scheduled in case of a “snow-pocalypse” that year, she said.

The calendar committee is made up of community members, teachers and administrators who look over the draft calendars for conflicts, errors and other issues.

The 2019-20 calendar is still in its draft form, but pretty well set, Wilfong said. It will be brought to the school board for approval around November.