Security

8/23/2013

8/23/2013

Indiana Judge Joseph VanBokkelen found in favor of a Fort Wayne district's ban on students wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets, designed to promote breast cancer awareness. The ACLU brought the suit to defend the rights of a student who had the bracelet taken away from her in school, arguing that high school students are mature enough to deal with the bracelet's sexual innuendo. The judge said the evidence did not support that stance.

8/23/2013

Looseleaf binders, No. 2 pencils, rulers—and bulletproof whiteboards? Armored accessories including backpack inserts and clipboards are showing up on back-to-school shopping lists in the wake of campus shootings. But some security experts say safety-conscious supplies like whiteboards-turned-shields are impractical at best, and a diversion from real life-saving resources at worst.

8/23/2013

Headed back to school at Valley Christian High in San Jose? A tip: You're better off putting a dog biscuit into your pack rather than something that could give you a buzz. You'll want to stay on the right side of Ranger and Sparks, two drug-sniffing golden retrievers who will be appearing on the hilltop campus a couple of times a month.

8/22/2013

8/22/2013

The idea is not to entertain but to soothe — and perhaps cut down on discipline problems, said Jim Wright, director of transportation for the Horry County School District that includes this city of almost 20,000 and Myrtle Beach on the northern South Carolina coast.

8/22/2013

Legislators passed a law that is changing the way people think about bullying and where it happens. For the first time, schools are responsible for bullying incidents on and off of school property.

8/21/2013

8/21/2013

Orange County, Fla., school students have new safety measures protecting them. A device will track every child boarding a bus by having them swipe their school-issued ID card.

8/20/2013

8/20/2013

“Zero tolerance” policies call for automatic, harsh punishments, often suspensions or expulsions, for certain offenses. Now there’s a trend to ban the policies, including those in Ohio.

8/19/2013

8/19/2013

Before they get past the front desk, visitors to Dublin schools will be required to swipe their driver’s licenses through a machine that searches for their information in a national database of sex offenders. The technology, which cost the district $34,000 and also prints visitor badges, is rarely used in central Ohio schools but is an example of new efforts to monitor who has access to students.

8/16/2013

8/16/2013

Parents enrolling their teens in middle and high school in the Flowing Wells Unified School District in Tucson are being asked to sign a pledge promising to lock up their guns and teach their children about the "dangers and consequences" of the misuse of firearms as part of the district's registration process.

8/15/2013

8/15/2013

Uniforms were once required mostly by U.S. private and parochial schools. More public schools have begun to require them. Many school principals are advocating a uniform policy citing its positive impact on issues like peer pressure, classroom discipline, student safety and bullying.

8/14/2013

8/14/2013

A vendor contracted by the Boston Public School system to print student identification badges lost a flash drive with basic data for more than 21,000 middle and high school students, prompting the school system to redesign the badges to prevent the lost data from being misused, officials said.

8/14/2013

Instead of making the schools safer, we've simply managed to make them more authoritarian.

8/13/2013

8/13/2013

Back to school usually means new notebooks, new clothes and new teachers. But this year it also means more security, after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

8/12/2013

8/12/2013

As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates.

8/9/2013

8/9/2013

Starting this fall, St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. plans to randomly snip students' hair throughout the coming school year so it can be tested to see if the kids have been drinking booze. The school has been conducting random drug tests since 2007.

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