--- Meeting the Challenges of the Modern School Day
All across America, parents send their children off to school in the morning with the expectation that they will be in a safe and secure learning environment for the day. But, in light of recent events, including shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, that expectation has come into question. Related safety issues such as bullying and gang activity in schools are in the news and in the minds of parents, teachers and administrators. Those dedicated to public safety are recognizing the need to be proactive in preventing violence in schools. The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is joining forces with law enforcement and other first responders to address new training and technology needs.
“We know that school administrators, police and emergency workers have been given many safety tools and tactics in the 15 years since Congress passed the Safe Schools Initiative in 1998,” said Michael O’Shea, NIJ’s School Safety Program Manager. “In the years since NIJ has joined with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Secret Service and other government departments and agencies to answer the call to develop strategies, technologies and tools to boost school security.”
Federal, state and local jurisdictions are joining forces to find new and innovative ways to keep children and adults safe in school settings. That’s where SchoolSafetyInfo.org steps up to the plate. This is a clearinghouse of information and contacts for law enforcement and other public safety officials to prepare, respond and recover as they work to keep schools as safe as possible.
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Working together we can make schools safer and communities stronger.