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[EdNews] School Safety Edition

[EdNews] School Safety Edition

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Schools today face a very different set of challenges than they did even 10 years ago. These days, while it may be a difficult subject to approach, more and more educators are having serious conversations with their students, fellow teachers, and administrators around school safety, and what they can do to help protect their students and put their minds at ease so they are free to learn. That’s why this week, we’ve pulled together some of the latest education news in a special school safety edition of the EdNews Round Up.

What Schools Need to Know About Threat Assessment Techniques
Armed teachers and bulletproof backpacks may have captured the headlines, but quietly, another school safety strategy has been rapidly expanding: behavioral threat assessment.

Helping Students Cope with Active Shooter Drills
NEA Today
It’s back-to-school time and students will soon be practicing lockdown and active shooter drills, an unfortunate consequence of a new normal in America.

Hackers target smaller, less protected schools as school year begins
Education Dive
Training students, faculty and staff to recognize and avoid phishing emails remains critical to cybersecurity, as experts say the end user is the most vulnerable link in a network's defenses.

Online Simulation Preps Schools for Emotional Toll of Disasters
In disaster-ridden Houston, an online simulation trains teachers to recognize and respond to signs of trauma in students.

The 50 States of Education Policy: Tackling school safety in an age of mass shootings and gun reform
Education Dive
With the nation divided on gun control, states and districts are taking school safety into their own hands.

More schools are buying mobile 'panic buttons' for shooter scenarios
Some companies are developing apps that allow teachers to push a silent "panic button" on their phones to alert 911 and other teachers in the building of an active shooter situation, enabling a faster response time. But some analysts are worried that in practice, the app won't work with current emergency response procedures.


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Gun worries at high school game may cause stricter rules
A Kentucky high school has implemented stricter rules at sporting events and the district may follow suit, after an unaccompanied younger student falsely shouted that someone had a gun at a football game.

Nevada Leader Appears to Reject Invitation to gun Violence Summit with California
A powerful Nevada official, Jason Frierson, opted not to go to a legislative summit between Califonia and Nevada on gun safety reform. Although he is not going, he does repond in his letter that he is proud of the work Nevads is doing to address gun safety.

RAVE app rolled out to bolster Louisiana school safety
The state is rolling out a new school safety app that will give administrators and teachers easy access to the authorities in the event of an emergency.

Arizona Schools Can Apply For State Money To Hire Police Officers, Counselors, Social Workers
Starting Sept. 16, Arizona public schools can apply for money to hire police officers, counselors and social workers. The State Board of Education approved the new application process for the School Safety Program at its meeting Monday.Arizona’s latest budget includes $20 million additional dollars for the School Safety Program and expands it to include counselors and social workers — 114 schools currently use the program to pay school resource officers.

Florida 'student safety' database fell short, commission says
On August 1, Florida launched a statewide “student safety” data portal, which it said compiled student disciplinary history, law enforcement records, and social media tracking — among other information — in a single database, to the dismay of privacy groups. But at a state committee meeting Thursday, officials questioned whether the portal does what it was designed to do.