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“The issue is one that school board members and superintendents need to address now”, states Dale Yeager [Head of the School Safety Research Team U.S. Senate].
“As a USDOE recommended resource we monitor this issue for our clients. Most LEAs and districts are only getting a portion of the federal grants that they are entitled to.”
New School Program To Provide Affordable Safety And Federal Special Education Grant Assistance For U.S. Schools
A new training program entitled the SCHOOL SAFETY ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM which provides schools with federal level training to assist in securing Special Education funding has been announced today.
The new program trains and certifies school based personnel to audit their safety, emergency management and Special Education systems – known by the U.S. Department of Education as a Climate Assessment. This assessment provides important documentation for schools to apply for Federal grant monies.
The current influx of undocumented immigrant children from Central and South America has created a financial crisis for school districts throughout the United States.
Headlines from nation’s newspapers tell the tale of financial stress as school districts’ seek aide from the federal government.
- Illegal border children taxing resources inside U.S. schools USA TODAY
- Illegal Immigrant Children In The Classroom, Schools Brace For 50,000 New Students
- Cost of educating new class of illegal immigrant minors estimated at over $760M
SERAPH – CONGRESSIONAL REPORT
Sandy Hook Lessons Learned?
ü Shooter Adam Lanza arrived at the front of school UNNOTICED parking next to a NO PARKING ZONE
ü Principal & psychologist were in a conference room and went to investigate NOISES in the Hallway resulting in their death. They sensed danger as Principal told others in the conference to stay put. A PHONE in this room could have been used to announce Lockdown situation via intercom
ü Main Office staff heard glass breaking and observed the shooter. Did not secure office doors or initiate lockdown.
On Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with school safety experts Andy Demidont and Dale Yeager, presented a free, one hour, interactive webinar, Liability Issues with the Management of Special Needs Students, for all legal professionals and school administrators.
The webinar covered three key issues related to safety and security problems with special needs students in elementary, middle, and high schools:
- Lack of Accurate Understanding of Federal Law Regarding Special Education
- Safety Issues: A Management Issue
- Poor Management of Students: The Real Problem
A new national coalition of School Safety experts announced today the development of a “Super School Security Audit” program.
The program brings together a comprehensive auditing of emergency readiness, physical security [cameras, web based security, etc.] and climate assessment [classroom management, leadership evaluations, special education] by experienced law enforcement and education professionals.
“This is the first time that law enforcement and school administers have come together to create a comprehensive auditing process for School Safety, Emergency Response and Education Management”, states SERAPH CEO Dale Yeager.
The new process will allow schools officials to have an audit performed of their policies, training, management systems and security hardware to evaluate whether these systems are preventing safety and security issues.
“Many school districts’ do not have a formal process to accurately assess from a security perspective what is happening behind the scenes of their schools”, says Yeager. “This new process will provide them with accurate information and more importantly solutions to specific safety issues.
The new audit process also provides important documentation for schools to apply for Federal monies.
Yeager says, “The U.S. Department of Education requires climate assessments of Special Education departments and comprehensive assessment of security and safety issues. “Without this examination of their districts they will lose much needed Federal grant money.
The TASA Group and SERAPH present a free webinar on Legal Liability and Special Needs Students.
During this program, the presenter will cover three key issues related to safety and security problems involving special needs students in elementary, middle and high school:
* Lack of Accurate Understanding of Federal Law Regarding Special Education
* Safety Concerns: A Management Issue
* Poor Management of Students: The Real Problem
The SERAPH Research Team which provides a biyearly school safety report for Congress has released its “FIVE CRITICAL SCHOOL SECURITY ISSUES list.
The list was developed from interviews with teachers, school security personnel, police and principals from 120 school districts throughout the United States.
- LACK OF ACCURATE UNDERSTANDING OF SECURITY ISSUES – Many schools and school districts have performed poor assessments of their school safety as it relates to everyday management of the schools.
Schools have security audits performed which focus on physical security such as cameras and emergency plans. These audits do not address classroom management, sub cultural groups, educational objectives, special education, negative behavior cliques and sexual issues.