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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:46 AM

State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Chambersburg, said he likes the idea of a “volunteer civilian protection force” in Pennsylvania schools.A civilian protection force woudl be comprised of volunteers, possibly retired military or police officers, according to Alloway. They would be vetted, trained and cleared through background checks.
Public Opinion, Feb. 26, 2018
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Monday, February 26, 2018 9:48 AM

Guest Editorial - By Mark D. DiRocco, Paul M. Healey, Nathan G. Mains and Dolores McCracken

The awful reality of the Stoneman Douglas High School slayings - 17 dead, 15 injured - has left the nation reeling.

Click here for full article.

Source: Pennlive.com, posted Feb. 24, 2018.

Dolores McCracken, President, Pennsylvania State Education Association; dmccracken@psea.org; (717) 255-7101

Mark D. DiRocco, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; mdirocco@pasa-net.org; (717) 540-4448

Paul M. Healey, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Principals Association; healey@paprincipals.org;  (717) 732-4999

Nathan G. Mains, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania School Boards Association; Nathan.Mains@psba.org; (717) 506-2450

 

 

 
Monday, February 26, 2018 9:48 AM

A message from NASSP's Executive Director, JoAnn Bartoletti: We are all inspired by the empowered students committed to preventing the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from ever happening anywhere again. Student walkout protests have become the response of choice, both ad hoc and in organized nationwide movements currently scheduled for March 14 and April 20. Walkouts challenge principals to preserve both student safety and their First Amendment rights of free expression, all while maintaining an inclusive environment in which no student feels alienated. To help principals strike that balance, NASSP examined a number of district policies, reviewed media coverage of walkout protests over the past several years, and consulted with a team of progressive school leaders to craft guidance designed to complement district policies.

http://blog.nassp.org/2018/02/23/considerations-for-principals-when-students-are-planning-an-organized-protest-or-walkout/

Please know that, consistent with our own response to the Stoneman Douglas shooting, NASSP continues to lead advocacy to federal legislators and in national media outlets for policies to prevent such tragedies. This includes advocacy to restore Title IV funding that would help schools identify signs of risk and intervene before behavior becomes destructive and advocacy against proposals to arm teachers and principals. Thank you for your ongoing partnership in this endeavor and in all our common efforts to create environments in which each student can fulfill his/her greatest potential.

 
Monday, February 26, 2018 9:47 AM

Schools across the country have been shut down or put on alert following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 students and staff dead. A psychiatry professor at the University of Pittsburgh said the situation is not unusual following a widely publicized attack.
Tribune-Democrat, Feb. 25, 2018
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Monday, February 26, 2018 9:46 AM

The state House education committee plans to explore the issue of school safety at a March 15 hearing that will include whether the General Assembly should give schools the power to arm teachers and other staff.
Sharon Herald, Feb. 24, 2018
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Friday, February 23, 2018 2:58 PM

Dr. Paul Healey, PA Principals Association Executive Director, talks about the issue of School Safety in this Webinar.

The resources discussed in the Webinar have been posted on our website at www.paprincipals.org

Click here for YouTube video.

 
Friday, February 23, 2018 2:16 PM

Below are various resources that may be useful to you as a school administrator on the issue of school safety.

Alert- Lockdown- Inform – Counter – Evacuate (A.L.I.C.E.) - www.alicetraining.com

https://www.alicetraining.com/resources/item/8928/?portfolioCats=145%2C146%2C143%2C147%2C144%2C148

https://www.alicetraining.com/resources/item/8930/?portfolioCats=145%2C146%2C143%2C147%2C144%2C148

https://www.alicetraining.com/resources/item/guide-preventing-responding-school-violence-2nd-edition/?portfolioCats=145%2C146%2C143%2C147%2C144%2C148

https://www.alicetraining.com/resources/item/active-shooter-how-to-respond/?portfolioCats=145%2C146%2C143%2C147%2C144%2C148

https://www.alicetraining.com/resources/item/7-tips-for-classroom-setup/?portfolioCats=145%2C146%2C143%2C147%2C144%2C148

https://www.alicetraining.com/resources/item/planning-response-active-shooter-interagency-security-committee-policy-best-practices-guide/?portfolioCats=145%2C146%2C143%2C147%2C144%2C148

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Resources for Helping Kids After a Shooting

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors/professional-development/learn-more/shooting-resources

Center for Safe Schools and Communities

School Safety and Youth Violence Prevention Services http://www.safeschools.info/content/SchoolSafetyAndYouthViolencePreventionServices.pdf

Emergency Response and Crisis Management for Schools and Communities http://www.safeschools.info/content/ERCMBrochure.pdf

PA Emergency Management Association (PEMA)

All_Hazards School Planning Tookit (PDF and Word) http://www.pema.pa.gov/planningandpreparedness/communityandstateplanning/Pages/All-Hazards-School-Safety-Planning-Toolkit.aspx

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis http://www.pema.pa.gov/planningandpreparedness/communityandstateplanning/Pages/Hazard-Vulnerability.aspx

PA State Police (PSP) – PA Department of Homeland Security

School Safety Report
http://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/Documents/RVAT%20School%20Safety%20Report_FINAL%20v1.2.pdf

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

https://rems.ed.gov/docs/REMS_K-12_Guide_508.pdf

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Threat Assessment at School

http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/threat-assessment-at-school

Responding to School Violence: Tips for Administrators
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-prevention/responding-to-school-violence-tips-for-administrators

National School Safety Center

Free Resources - http://www.schoolsafety.us/free-resources

Responding to school walkout demonstrations -- https://rems.ed.gov/docs/LL_Vol3Issue1.pdf

            >School safety and security measures -- https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=334

            >Youth engaged for change -- https://engage.youth.gov/topic/current-events

            >Know your Rights: Student walkouts and political speech at school --

https://www.aclunc.org/sites/default/files/Youth%20?%20Know%20Your%20Rights%20to%20Protest%20and%20Walk%20Out.pdf

 
Friday, February 23, 2018 9:34 AM

"Valentine's Day was a day of love, passion and friendships as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School celebrated February 14, 2018 ..." That's how the student journalists writing for the Eagle Eye, the newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, started their story about one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history.
NPR, Feb. 22, 2018
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Friday, February 23, 2018 9:33 AM

In the week since the Florida school shooting that claimed 17 lives, Pennsylvania police forces and school districts are changing the way they respond to threats made on social media. Schools have closed and charges have been filed against teens who have made suspicious posts online.
WITF, Feb. 22, 2018
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Friday, February 23, 2018 9:32 AM

If President Trump's proposal to respond to school shootings by training and arming teachers were to be implemented in Pennsylvania, it would take amending state law restricting guns in schools and overcoming opposition from many groups.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 22, 2018
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