The Bergen County Safe Schools Task Force (SSTF) recently met at Harrington Park School, Harrington Park, New Jersey, to experience the new REMO classroom security doors. They were very impressed. The security doors have a multi-point locking system and bullet resistant components, as well as an overall durability for a
Pellet guns were part of an active shooter training. Teachers were told to kneel against a wall and sprayed with plastic pellets. Then left with welts and bruises. It was an active shooter training conducted by a local sheriff’s office in Indiana, according to a report on the incident in
The most important role in the school is the superintendent. He is hired to assess education programs. To make decisions regarding school budget. To employ, supervise, and manage both principals and staff. He is the top executive. With all that comes with his position, is it really the superintendent’s responsibility
When a parent asks a child, “How was your school day?” a typical response will be “okay” or “fine.” If a parent pries, a child still may not want to talk. If children are failing to tell their parents about a typical school day, they certainly are not telling their
A task force charged with improving security at Bergen County schools recommended sweeping changes Thursday to how local districts identify and protect against possible threats. The group, led mostly by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, urged schools to voluntarily adopt the proposals, which include creating teams to spot students with
What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids? The psychological effects of realistic simulations could be dangerous
There’s always at least one kid in tears, as they huddle under their desks in the dark. Still Beth Manias, an early-elementary literacy teacher outside of Seattle, tries to act upbeat and relaxed. “I have them whisper about their favorite candy, dinner, books, movies—whatever, as a distraction,” Manias told me.