School safety forum planned for March 18

WHITINGHAM — A significant discussion about school safety is happening throughout Vermont and the Deerfield Valley following the Florida and Fair Haven school incidents. There is a sense of urgency to the conversations happening in Montpelier, led by the governor and leaders in the State House, which includes considering new safety measures as well as legislation increasing regulation of guns. Gov. Phil Scott has issued a memo detailing ideas he would like the Legislature to consider in order to improve school safety. State Representatives Laura Sibilia and John Gannon want to make sure that residents, students, staff, and law enforcement in the Deerfield Valley communities are able to weigh in.

A school safety forum for residents and employees who work in the towns of Dover, Halifax, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Readsboro, Wardsboro, Whitingham and Wilmington will be held on Sunday, March 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Twin Valley Middle High School. 4299 Vermont Route 100. Gannon and Sibilia are hosting the forum and have met with school administrators, board members, and staff, law enforcement and community representatives to plan the event.

The purpose of the forum is for those who live and work in the nine towns to be able to share ideas about possible legislative and non-legislative solutions to school safety. This will be a moderated discussion. To allow as many people as possible to speak, individuals who live and work in the nine towns will be given three minutes to speak and share their thoughts on school safety.

Questions from residents or employees of the Deerfield Valley can be sent to Rep. John Gannon at or Rep. Laura Sibilia at


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