Guest post by Alyssa Morones
Despite the tragedies of the last school year in Newtown, Conn., and Moore, Okla., more than half of states are lacking when it comes to their policies and plans for school emergency preparedness, according to Save the Children’s 2013 National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters.
The report judged states’ school preparedness based on four minimum standards:
• A plan for evacuating children in child care;
• A plan for reuniting families after a disaster;
• A plan for children with disabilities and those with access and functional needs;
• And a plan for multiple types of hazards for K-12 schools.
via States Still Fall Short on Schools’ Disaster Preparedness, Says Report – Rules for Engagement – Education Week.
Times-Herald staff report
A 25-year-old Vallejo man was arrested in connection with a shooting Wednesday morning near an elementary school, police said.
Officers were dispatched at about 6:20 a.m. to the area of Beverly Hills Elementary School to investigate a report of shots fired in the unit block of Hollywood Avenue. As officers were responding, police received an additional call of a man down in a front yard on the east side of the street, Vallejo police Lt. Herman Robinson said.
via Vallejo man arrested in shooting near elementary school – Vallejo Times Herald.
FAIRFIELD — A custodian was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday as 41 iPads were stolen from Sem Yeto Continuation School, marking the third time this school year that devices were pilfered from the campus.
The prior two incidents were classified as burglaries, but Fairfield police are now looking for two men responsible for Wednesday night’s incident, where the school employee was restrained with duct tape.
The incident took place around 10 p.m. when a 50-year-old male custodian was walking from one building to another. He was approached by two men, one of whom carried a handgun. The custodian was told at gunpoint to lay on the ground and threats on his life were made while inquiring about the iPads, according to police reports.
via Thefts escalate as iPads stolen from Sem Yeto for 3rd time.
For the second time in recent weeks, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today attended an event aimed at promoting gun control measures in the wake of the massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last December.
Duncan, who had a long record on gun control issues before joining the Obama administration, stood at a news conference on Capitol Hill with a group of mayors and college presidents—all of whom are pushing, in some capacity, for gun control measures.
via Arne Duncan, Mayors, College Groups Push Gun Control.
A 14-year-old Jesse Bethel High School student was the reported victim of a strong-arm robbery at the school Wednesday afternoon.
Police were called to the 1800 Ascot Parkway school around 2:12 p.m. after the teenager called his father, who contacted police, to report he had been beaten up by four 14- to 16-year-old boys and his cell phone stolen, Vallejo police Lt. Sid DeJesus said.
via Vallejo schoolyard robbery turns violent over cell phone.
President Barack Obama has put school safety and expanded mental health services at the center of a plan aimed at preventing tragedies similar to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.
The plan is informed by the recommendations from an anti-violence task force led by Vice President Joe Biden. The most high-profile portions of the proposals, unveiled Wednesday at the White House, would require background checks for all gun sales, including weapons purchased at gun shows, and ban military-style assault weapons, proposals that are likely to be a tough sell among federal lawmakers.
via Obama Proposes Host of School Safety, Mental Health Programs to Curb Violence.
The tragic school shooting last month in Newtown, Ct., sent shockwaves through the United States and the ripple effects were just as strong across the country in Dixon, where many have been examining what can be done at the local level to ensure children are safe when they go to school.
via With school safety at the forefront, Dixon Unified is making changes
by Gigi Douban
It’s almost instinctive: Teachers want to protect kids in a school shooting. But many don’t know how.
So over the holiday break, in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., several districts around the country conducted school shooter training sessions meant to better prepare staff to respond in the event of a similar crisis. Since last month’s attack, drills have been conducted in Nashville, Tenn.; Omaha, Neb.; Utah; and Jefferson County, Ala.
In Jefferson County, school staff took turns playing sheriff’s deputies and teachers, donning protective vests and dodging wax bullets. Their job: Get the kids to a classroom, lock the door and turn off the lights.
via Districts Train Teachers For School Shootings.