Safety Law News for August 16, 2016

  • In Ohio, the Stow-Munroe Falls School District is implementing a new visitor management system.  The system requires visitors to have their state or federal identification scanned. It checks the identification against a national database of registered sex offenders. It can also be set to check other databases created by school officials.
  • In Florida, the students at Tampa Bay schools are bringing weapons.  Florida Department of Education data showed 788 weapons were recovered in the Tampa Bay schools during a two-year period from 2013-2015. That’s an average of 2.2 incidents per day.
  • In New York City, officials have modified the plan to eliminate all suspensions of disruptive grammar school students (K-second grade).  Instead of the requirement that limits discipline to alternative solutions, such as counseling, the new guidelines allow for suspensions if a student has already been removed from the classroom three times during a semester or twice during a trimester.
  • In Kansas, school officials in the Maize Unified School District have adopted the “Run, Hide, Fight” crisis response plan for faculty, staff, and students.  The plan urges people confronted by a shooter to assess the situation and respond accordingly, either by escaping to a safe place, taking cover, or attempting to disarm the intruder, using improvised weapons if that’s their only option.