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School safety task force meeting in New Bern Thursday

Posted March 27

— A panel asked by Gov. Pat McCrory to recommend ways to make North Carolina public schools safer will meet in New Bern Thursday to discuss some of the top security issues in three key areas.

The Governor's Task Force on Safer Schools – a group of 20 educators, law enforcement officers and health and social service workers – formed committees in its December meeting to focus on physical security and preparedness, mental health and children with special needs and school climate and discipline.

The committees are expected present their findings Thursday, addressing the top five issues within the three focus area.

McCrory created North Carolina Center for Safer Schools in March 2013, three months after 20 students and six teachers were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The center held forums statewide last year to collect information that was used to develop a comprehensive approach to school safety.

It released a report in September that included 80 recommendations in the areas of prevention, intervention, crisis response and recovery to help make schools safer.

Among those recommendations:

• Establishing an anonymous reporting system for schools statewide.

• Requiring all schools to have a safety plan and update it every two years.

• Encouraging all districts to participate in all-hazards training.

• Developing alternatives to out-of-school suspensions.

• Expanding bullying prevention efforts.

• Using technology to make school buses safer.

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  • Rebelyell55 Mar 27, 10:08 a.m.

    It most likely won't get menition, but they can start by looking at age groups in classes. There should be no reason for 18 year olds to be in same grade as 14 & 15 year olds. Especially if they're conviced felons. At age 19 if they are not going to graduate that year, they should be moved to an off site adult learning center. If they are 17 or 18 and are felons not expected to graduate on time, they should be moved to off site adult learning center.