Safety Law News for April 18, 2017

  • In Massachusetts, the Springfield Public Schools have combined restorative justice principles with the “triad” concept of school-based policing to reduce arrests and suspensions.   Arrests have declined 70 percent over a five-year period.  Suspensions — in school and out of school — have decreased by 44 percent over the same period.
  • In Ohio, the Indian Valley Board of Education gave unanimous approval to a new weapons policy permitting qualifying staff members to possess firearms on school premises.  The schools in the district have identified staff members who will undergo training.
  • In Pennsylvania, the Senate Education Committee will soon vote on Senate Bill 383 that would allow school personnel to carry loaded weapons in public schools.  Under the provisions of the legislation, each school district has discretion to allow employees who have a concealed-carry permit and appropriate training to have access to firearms.
  • In Massachusetts, officials in Hingham utilized a unique approach to revising the school safety Memorandum of Understanding between the police and the school district.  There were several public sessions to discuss the MOU and to solicit input.  The officials worked on the MOU revisions for more than a year.

Safety Law News for April 13, 2017

  • In North Carolina, House Bill 612 would authorize local schools boards to offer a comprehensive firearm education course as a high school elective. The course would be developed by the State Board of Education and would incorporate gun safety education as recommended by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association.

Safety Law News for April 10, 2017

  • In Tennessee, the director of Murfreesboro City Schools has asked the Murfreesboro City Council to expand the school resource officer program. Dr. Linda Gilbert says, “we would love to have one in every school…we have found them absolutely invaluable to our students. They develop relationships with our teachers and with our children that just can’t be replaced.”
  • In New Jersey, the Bloomfield School District will participate in New Jersey Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS).  SRTS authorizes the creation of safer routes to and from school by identifying problem areas and proposing solutions. It serves as a basis for funding SRTS projects with Federal Highway Administration funding.
  • In Louisiana, the Pointe Coupee Parish School District is reassessing its policy on cellphone restrictions for students.  Almost 20 percent of the disciplinary referrals teachers have written this year at the parish’s lone high school had to do with cellphone violations.

Safety Law News for April 5, 2017

  • In North Carolina, the Durham school board is considering changing rules for sharing information with law enforcement officers to avoid deportations of students who may be in the country illegally.
  • In Maryland, the sexual assault in Rockville of a 14-year-old high school student on campus, is raising questions about illegal immigration and school safety.  The two students who allegedly committed the assaulted entered the country illegally.

Safety Law News for March 30, 2017

Safety Law News for March 24, 2017

  • In Minnesota, Ramsey County officials continue to wrestle with its efforts to implement a restorative justice policy in the schools.  A task force convened to study school safety and issued a report with two conflicting trends. Students of color continue to be disciplined in disproportionate numbers.  Student-on-staff violence has doubled in just one year – between 2014 and 2015.
  • In Alabama, the School Security and Student Safety Task Force released its final report and findings, which included a number of recommendations.  One recommendation was to amend Section 12-15-217, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for the sharing of information between juvenile probation officers and school districts relating to delinquent students that may pose a threat to safety.