Safety Law News for April 14, 2015

  • In Illinois the East Aurora School Board unanimously approved hiring additional staff members for school safety. Teachers reported that they were feeling powerless when asking students to move along and get to class and they’re met with disrespect and vulgar obscenities.
  • In Alabama, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the county school district have teamed up to establish the ‘Safe 2 Tell’ tip line on which anyone can report incidents in the schools. The tip line will be monitored by sheriff’s deputies; they will forward information to the school resource officer at the school.

Safety Law News for April 6, 2015

  • In California, the effectiveness of school resource officers is being praised by the Manteca Unified Superintendent.  While the primary objective is to keep campuses and students safe, the SROs also assist with truancy concerns, make home visits, and mentor students at school.

Safety Law News for March 31, 2015

  • In Michigan, Detroit cannot keep its schoolchildren: Each day an estimated 25,000 school-age children go to school outside the city. Safety is one of the reasons parents are pulling their children from Detroit schools.

Safety Law News for March 19, 2015

  • In Plumsted, New Jersey, school officials are implementing The Junior Officers Program to promote respectful living and safe choices by elementary students.  The program is a collaborative effort between the Plumsted Township School District and the Plumsted Township Police Department.
  • In Clay County, Missouri, the Liberty Public School District has installed a unitary school safety system that links the district IT data with the security management software.  The new system manages both building access and video surveillance from any location and keeps the district’s employee database current.

Safety Law News for March 16, 2015

  • New York City officials have revised school policy on suspensions. The new policy includes adding oversight of principals’ decision to suspend students. However, the city kept its longstanding policy to suspend students for one to five days for “defying or disobeying the lawful authority or directive of school personnel or school safety agents.”

Safety Law News for March 10, 2015

  • In Richmond, Virginia, officials have declared Martin Luther King Middle School a hostile environment for teachers. Last year the school had 1635 disorderly or disruptive behavior offenses. Lack of order and discipline are said by one volunteer to be the causes.  Of the 40 schools in the district, the school was responsible for 32.6% of the offenses.