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Safety Law News for April 19, 2018

In Ohio, school officials will have to notify parents of children who are absent-without-excuse within two hours of the start of each school day under Senate Bill 82.  The legislation is known as the Alianna Alert, was named in memory of 14-year-old Alianna Defreeze, who was abducted on the way to school in January 2017. Her parents were unaware that she had not made it to school until the end of the school day. 

In Virginia, the Caroline County Board of Supervisors and the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors have agreed to provide funding to hire school resource officers at all public schools in each county. 

In Florida, the Sarasota County School Board agreed to form an internal police force to protect its campuses.  Switching to an internal police force will cost the school district $400,000 to $1.5 million dollars less than the current agreement with local law enforcement agencies. 

In Michigan, the Governor announced a set of new policies designed to improve school safety.  The proposal includes strengthening security systems, additional training, and improved resources to help staff identify and support students with emotional and behavioral needs. 

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