Over the next few blog posts, we will explore various aspects of what came out of the 86th Legislature related to school safety requirements in Texas public and charter schools.
Topics: School Safety
There is no debate that identifying threats before they happen is key to making our schools safer. This task is not simple. Students today have a complex life and display many emotions. This list of characteristics is a great place for SROs to start learning how to identify troubled students.
School Resource Officer Role is Evolving
The role of the SRO has been evolving for some time. NASRO found that SROs do not contribute to a school-to-prison pipeline. On the contrary, they do not arrest students for disciplinary actions that would normally be handled by the staff if the SRO were not there. Their focus is to help troubled students avoid the juvenile justice system altogether. It was determined that when SRO prevalence rose, the rate of juvenile arrests declined.
The need for every school system to have a comprehensive school safety and security plan has never been greater and the good news is that you don't have to figure it out all on your own.
There is a Roadmap to help us create safer schools.
The news and school crime statistics paint a challenging picture for educators in the United States today. While the number of incidents involving weapons on our school campuses is on the rise, the media magnifies every incident no matter the scale.
Even though our schools are some of the safest places on earth, the increase in violence and the heightened focus from the media is causing an ever-increasing level of anxiety for students, parents, and teachers alike creating pressure to ACT. Couple this with the fact that administrators and school board members are absolutely bombarded with vendors offering "THE SOLUTION" that will solve all of your problems. It is a lot to sort through.