Nick McWilliams reporting – A student from Dover High School will be a part of a new group to work for better safety in Ohio schools.

The inaugural Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council was named by Governor Mike DeWine on Friday, which will work under the Ohio School Safety Center.

Caylee Hockenberry will join 15 other students from around the state and help pinpoint safety concerns in school districts, along with brainstorming ideas for safer classrooms.

“The safety of our staff and students has always been our top priority, but especially in light of recent state and national events,” said Karie McCrate, Dover City Schools superintendent. “We are so proud of Caylee and are excited to have a front-row seat to the ideas that come from the council.” Caylee will also be invited to serve as a student representative on the Dover Schools Community Safety Task Force.

The students will meet monthly in council-style meetings to discuss issues and gather ideas, which will be shared with the governor’s school safety working group. The group is intended to work towards limiting acts of violence, including self-harm.

An in-person safety summit is planned for August 2nd and 3rd from the Columbus Convention Center.

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