Tag Archives: School Safety

E-cigarette use on the rise in school settings

7 November
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On the heels of news that 2 million middle and high school students nationwide used e-cigarettes in 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a crackdown on the sale and marketing of the devices to kids. Public health officials say e-cigarette use among youths has hit epidemic proportions, and schools are a prevalent setting for the devices. One brand, Juul Labs, presents a major challenge for teachers and administrators because one of its most popular products resembles a...

New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 2009

29 October
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This new, weekly feature from CSBA will highlight a new education law signed by the Governor in 2018. All laws are effective Jan. 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. The full What’s New for 2019 report on all new laws affecting K-12 education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2019. AB 2009: Automatic external defibrillators In 2016, Assembly Bill 1639 (Maienschein, R-San Diego), also known as The Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law, among other things, directed the...

Is your district prepared for the next earthquake?

17 October
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An earthquake big or small can strike California at any time, and when one does, the safety of students and staff is of paramount concern. There are a number of ways officials can prepare districts and schools for the tremblors the state is known for, from earthquake drills and seismic upgrades to possessing a basic geological knowledge. Additionally, knowing how to seek assistance, secure funding and chart a course after disaster strikes are important elements for board members to consider....

New federal data offers insights on school safety, STEM courses and more

22 May
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Kids together
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released its Civil Rights Data Collection  for 2015–16, offering the public new statistics on enrollment demographics, opportunity gaps and other civil rights issues that affect K-12 public school students. The U.S. Dept. of Education also released two accompanying briefs on School Climate and Safety and STEM Course Taking using the new data. Here are some of the key findings from the new data briefs: School Safety & Climate Nearly 1.1 million incidents of...

Students demonstrate across California for stricter gun laws

28 March
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March for Our Lives 2018
More than a million people worldwide demonstrated on behalf of gun control policies on March 24, in one of the biggest youth protests in the United States since the Vietnam War. The national and global demonstrations — countered by pro-gun rallies in several cities — were spearheaded by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida where 17 students and staff were slain in a shooting in February. In California, students statewide joined the “March for Our Lives” protests...

State auditor stresses importance of school safety plans

21 February
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school safety
On Nov. 14, 2017, a school secretary heard gunshots from her office and quickly ordered a school lockdown. School staff at Rancho Tehama Elementary School collected students from the playground, barricaded the school and sheltered in place as a gunman rammed through the front gates of the school. He exited his pickup truck armed with a semi-automatic rifle and, finding himself locked out of the school, fired instead at the walls and windows before he reportedly became frustrated and left....

6 federal agencies collaborate on new school safety guide

15 July
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Earlier this year, President Barack Obama proposed a range of initiatives to address gun violence and school safety in response to the school shootings in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Last week, the Administration did release its “Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans,” which provides guidance to school districts and states on everything from school design to planning emergency drills to balancing privacy and student safety. ...

CSBA Superintendents Council talks school safety with Sen. Ted Lieu

4 March
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Sen. Ted Lieu
by Carol Brydolf, CSBA staff writer Members of CSBA’s Superintendents Advisory Council—meeting at the association’s West Sacramento offices—had the chance to ask questions and raise specific concerns about new school safety legislation during a wide ranging discussion with the bill’s author, Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Lieu’s bill, SB 49, tightens existing regulations and timelines related to comprehensive school safety plans. Lieu noted that the state does not maintain data on compliance. “If you asked which schools have safety plans, no...

California districts scrutinizing school safety plans

10 January
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students
Schools throughout California are focusing anew on strategies that can help ensure students and staff spend their days in a safe school environment. Governing boards can do much to help. Specifically, they can: Establish safety as a priority and communicate a clear vision for safe school environments Make sure the necessary organizational structures are in place, such as budget, curriculum, policies, training, and partnerships Hold the system accountable for implementing the vision and goals, providing the needed support Speak out...