Reducing Chronic Absenteeism.
Policy Analysis for California Education provides examples of local efforts to improve student attendance
and steps to build the capacity of schools and communities to keep students in school.
Impact on Suicide.
An analysis of data from 48 countries
(predominantly low- and middle-income) across multiple continents finds that being bullied may increase the risk of suicide attempts among young adolescents by approximately three times worldwide and the greater number of days adolescents reported being bullied, the greater likelihood of a suicide attempt.
Willful Defiance Suspension Ban.
California has expanded its ban on 'willful defiance' suspensions
in schools to include grades 4 and 5 (in addition to the previous grades 1-3) and temporarily restricted them for grades 6-8 until 2025 (effective July 1, 2020).
A new Tennessee law
requires taking into account trauma in determining discipline measures.
States' spending to build, upgrade, and equip school buildings
has fallen over the last decade.
Evaluation of on-campus mental health centers
at three Austin Independent School District high schools indicate improvements in grades, behavior, and overall happiness among trauma-exposed youth under direct treatment.
Colorado Hotline Calls Increase.
Tips about potential dangers to students to Colorado’s Safe2Tell hotline
increased 75% between August 2018 and 2019, with suicide threats a top concern.
Addressing Needs of Rural Schools.
Students at a rural Wisconsin school district are getting access to mental health services with a new video-conferencing system
Data-Driven Decision Making. DC public schools
use student data to support mental health, including assessing when students need help and tracking interventions.
The US Surgeon General
has released an advisory statement emphasizing the damaging health risks of marijuana use, particularly for youth and pregnant women.
warns against vaping as deaths and illness linked to the practice grow.
During September 23-27 educators can take a three-minute quiz to assess recess. Everyone who takes the quiz will receive a set of unique recommendations to improve recess from Playworks
An August Gallop Poll
indicates 34% of parents remain fearful for their child's safety at school but fewer (12%) report that their child felt unsafe at school.
State Strategies. EdNote
explores state efforts to improve school safety through threat assessment.
The Colorado Education Association
(CEA) has released the results of a community focus group emphasizing the best strategy for reducing school-based violence is to ensure that schools are integrated into the community and have adequate counseling, mental health resources, and a positive school climate.
Wyoming State Survey.
To better understand how schools are protecting students, the Wyoming Department of Education
sent a survey to administrators across the state.
The June issue of the NIJ Journal
reviews strategies for Making Schools Safe for Students. Education Dive
has assembled a collection of its discussions about strategies for balancing needs of school security and culture.