School safety task force meeting in New Bern Thursday
Posted March 27
New Bern, N.C. — 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.