In Ohio, the Weathersfield Board of Education is restarting its school resource officer program after a nearly 20 year hiatus. Weathersfield Schools Superintendent said the officer will help the district with many issues that involve students while providing an opportunity for kids to have pleasant interactions with a member of law enforcement rather than only seeing officers during difficult or troubling circumstances.
In Indiana, each of the 52 public and private schools in La Porte County have been equipped with new radio equipment allowing instant access to emergency responders. In case of an emergency, anyone in the school office can press a button and open a line of communication not just to the 911 dispatch center but to every first responder in the county, including passing patrol cars.
In California, the Val Verde school board voted 4-1 to form a school police department. The district has 20,000 students in three high schools, four middle schools, and 12 elementary schools.
In New York, state legislators have sent to the Governor a bill that would require private schools to follow the same child abuse reporting rules as public schools. The legislation (A5371/S4342) would require all schools to report suspicions of abuse by any staff, faculty or volunteer in the school environment, whether in a classroom, on a field trip or bus, or during extra-curricular activities.