A.G. Presents Simmons MS with Safe School Award of Excellence
May 7, 2018
(HOOVER)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Simmons Middle School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 7. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state.
“In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Recent events have been heartbreaking reminders that we must remain vigilant and committed to providing the best protections possible in Alabama’s schools. I am pleased to carry on this important tradition of the Attorney General’s Office, to recognize schools throughout our state for dedication and excellence in keeping students safe. Each day that parents leave their children at school, they are entrusting what they hold most precious into the care of schoolteachers, principals, school resource officers and other staff. With these awards, we honor those who have achieved particularly high standards and set examples that others may follow. We are grateful for their service and commitment to protecting the children of Alabama.”
In presenting the award today Attorney General Marshall said, “The Attorney General’s Office is proud that Simmons Middle School was selected as one of the 10 winning schools in Alabama for 2017. In making this decision, judges noted many things that distinguished Simmons Middle School: the use of technologies like ‘The Bully Button,’ an online form that reports bullying directly to the principal, and ‘Panic Buttons’ which put the school in lockdown; an emphasis on training parents and students about digital media and dangers associated with it; and volunteers called ‘Hallway Dads’ to keep the school safe and build a culture of community involvement.”
Simmons Middle School Principal Brian Cain said, “Our staff, students, and community are committed to providing a safe school environment. We appreciate very much this honor from Attorney General Steve Marshall in recognition of what we have achieved together to make Simmons Middle School a safer place.”
Attorney General Marshall is presenting awards for the 2017 Safe School Awards of Excellence winners to the 10 winning schools this spring. Other winning schools throughout the state include Opelika Middle School in Lee County, Pine Level Elementary School in Autauga County, Satsuma High School in Mobile County, Nichols-Lawson in Sylacauga, Sumiton Christian School in Walker County, Bob Jones High School in Madison County, Austin High School in Morgan County, Coosa Valley Academy in Shelby County, and The Lakeside School in Barbour County.