Safety Law News for February 16, 2017

  • In Minnesota, educators in the St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids-Rice school districts have put additional resources on identifying students who are disruptive by creating individual plans to help them and monitoring their mental health and social and emotional learning. Teachers have noticed the change. It has been a calmer year.
  • In Washington State, arrests in Spokane Public Schools are down 88 percent from last year as educators have turned to a new disciplinary policy based on restorative justice practices.
  • In Illinois, Mundelein High School officials are teaming up with the Mundelein Police Department to put school resource officers in the classroom – as teachers. The goal is to have the officers teach on the law while making connections with the students.

Safety Law News for February 9, 2017

  • In Colorado, the Douglas County Board of Education has voted to support a proposed policy that would allow people, including teachers, with a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun on campuses.

Safety Law News for February 6, 2017

  • In Tennessee, the Cheatham County Commission voted to double the number of officers in its School Resource Officers Program in the county’s 13 schools from three to six.

Safety Law News for January 24, 2017

  • In California, the Superintendent for the Antioch Unified School District sent a letter to parents and the community regarding recent reports of racial slurs, taunting, and intimidation of students.

Safety Law News for January 18, 2017

  • In Rhode Island, the Pawtucket School and Police Departments have signed a new school safety interagency agreement.   Under the agreement, the principal will remain the primary administrator and disciplinarian and will not rely on the school resource officer for enforcement of minor disciplinary infractions.
  • In New York, state leaders are encouraging educators to develop district-wide overdose prevention policies.  The New York Department of Health has an overdose prevention training program that allows school personnel to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone.  But just 55 school districts out of more than 700 statewide have signed up.
  • In New York, school officials in the Westchester and Putnam are schools are implementing an Anti-Bullying/Safety Reporting App.  The program allows students to let an adult know when they are being bullied or harassed online.
  • In Washington State, policymakers in the Yakima Valley have launched the School Safety Operations & Coordination Center. Sixteen school districts are linked to the Center.  Center staff have the capacity to remotely access and control school security cameras at certain buildings, lock and unlock doors and even control water and gas utility lines.

Safety Law News for January 9, 2017

  • In Tennessee, the Court of Appeals held that educators were not liable for the injuries of a 13–year-old special education student who was assaulted by another 13–year-old special education student in a school bathroom. The court reasoned that liability follows foreseeability, but that under the Tennessee rule there can be no foreseeability “absent proof of prior misconduct.” [K.G.R. v. Union City School District].
  • In Wyoming, the “Safe2Tell Wyoming” tip-line has received more than 100 tips since it was launched a few weeks ago, exceeding officials’ expectations.  The majority of the reports received were to report suicide threats.