Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hunters Safety Courses

The North Butler Board of Education believes that the number one priority of our school is to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

With safety in mind, we have had discussion with Steve Martin who is with Butler County Conservation. We believe that education in all situations should be a goal, and as such will be providing a hunters safety course as part of the 7th and 8th grade PE curriculum during second semester this year, then 7th grade in the future. There will also be a voluntary closed class for those in grades 9-12 who wish to participate that will be held in the evenings during the time between the winter and spring sports seasons.

Please understand that we do not believe that all students will be hunting, nor do we expect them to. The expectation is that through this all students will be exposed to firearm safety, and as such learn to respect and how to manage and control firearms. Whether it be for hunting purposes, or possibly for a young person to need to know how to handle them because a little one they may be babysitting finds a weapon and brings it to them, everyone may need to know how to responsibly handle a firearm at some point in their life. We would prefer that they learn it the proper way, and learn to respect firearms and their capabilities though proper training by qualified and well trained individuals who educate others for a living.

While we sincerely hope that all of our parents will allow their students to participate in the hunters safety course, we do also respect the fact that there may be parents who strongly object. With this in mind, a paper will be sent home as the course draws nearer that will allow a parent to opt out if they have a strong objection to their child being involved. Understand that no operable firearms will be present during the course nor will there be live ammunition present.

We believe that this educational opportunity will be very beneficial for the students of North Butler, as we will continue to provide the best and most current opportunities for our students to be successful in life.