School safety

Superintendent Tony Watlington called the incident “absolutely unimaginable.”
The school district is sending its crisis response team to Roxborough High School to support students and staff.
Students and staff participated in a series of activities, from wearing white to holding schoolwide assemblies and classroom discussions, aimed at promoting peace and healing.
A growing movement is working to reduce gun violence where students most often experience it.
Following two shootings last fall, Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy was flooded with crisis counselors but that soon faded — leaving some calling for long-term support to heal from the trauma.
Newark will introduce a new student identification system and hire more security guards as the state digital mapping initiative gets underway.
Black teenagers in Philadelphia make up nearly 85% of victims who have died from gun violence since the start of the pandemic.
The district’s top safety official stressed that schools remain “the safest place” for students.
Officials and providers alike describe the expansion as largely successful, but providers have pointed to a few problems to work out for the future.
After facing pressure to shift from punitive to restorative practices, Chicago Public Schools is making changes and reducing the number of police at schools, but details on how things are shaping up are hard to come by.
Tips about planned school attacks rolled in after Oxford High School shooting.
Dozens of advocacy groups are raising the alarm that restorative justice funding is “at risk” — including a planned expansion of restorative justice programs to all middle and high schools.
Over 100,000 Memphis-Shelby County Schools students and 6,000 teachers will return to classrooms on Monday. But the superintendent remains on leave.
As most Chicago high schools have moved away from police officers on campus, 40 schools will have at least one officer on campus this fall.
During a lockdown drill, it’s up to each teacher to decide how to lead the process and respond to students’ emotions.
Highland Park families turned to schools for grief counseling after a mass shooting in the suburb north of Chicago.
The proposed upgrades are part of an ongoing push to improve safety and security at Tennessee’s largest school district
The board heard calls from teachers and members of the public for tighter safety standards in light of national and local incidents of weapons in schools and social media threats.
The $1.8 million proposal would focus on areas near schools most affected by gun violence.
Teens around the country share how gun violence impacts their lives, schools, and neighborhoods.
“After the acute situation settles down, that’s usually when people find that they really need to return for help.”
After the mass shooting in Uvalde, politicians are again calling for more school security. Schools have already spent hundreds of millions in recent years on added security measures.
“I thought, ‘Well, if I die sitting next to these two people, then it’s not that bad. And that’s a thought no student should have in a classroom.’ ”
Police say they searched schools for explosives, but superintendent denies bomb threat.
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