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While teacher absenteeism is sometimes unavoidable, schools across the country are following varied strategies toward higher attendance.

After February’s deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there was no shortage of suggestions for improving school security, ranging from adding more guards to arming teachers.

John Gaddis is superintendent of Somerset County School District in Maryland.

John Gaddis, superintendent of Somerset County School District in Maryland, quells parent frustration over repeated snow-day cancellations by posting humorous videos on Facebook.

A new organization called Stop Sexual Assault in Schools has launched the #MeTooK12 hashtag to raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment. (Gettyimages.com: jaouad.k).

In Oakland USD, girls who were chronically absent and suspended frequently told researchers in a 2015 study that sexual assault and harassment were among the biggest barriers for them at school.

Donna Reynolds is principal of Lake Mary High School of Seminole County Public Schools in Florida.

Donna Reynolds, principal of Lake Mary High School of Seminole County Public Schools in Florida, connected with students by performing with the dance team at a pep rally.

When done right, international travel exposes students to a diversity of people and perspectives, teaching them to communicate and relate with others.

Nevada recently launched an online reporting system for parents and students, joining a handful of other states and districts in efforts to combat bullying.

Superintendent Pat Greco of School District of Menomonee Falls was named Wisconsin’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators.

During Superintendent Pat Greco’s seven-year tenure, the School District of Menomonee Falls in Wisconsin has won a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplace award three years in a row.

Growing mental health needs of students ranked as one of the major issues facing educators who participated in DA’s 2018 Outlook Survey.

Ken Trump (ken@schoolsecurity. org) is the president of National School Safety and Security Services.

How can administrators prepare staff with best practices and reasonable emergency plans? How can you communicate safety to your parents in a social media world on digital steroids?

New Product Showcase brings together the latest innovative products and service solutions in K12 education in one easy-to-use reference section.

SafeSchools Training is being used by thousands of school districts across the nation, including 40 of the 100 largest. These districts have access to a comprehensive library of expert-authored online courses, in addition to the ability to automatically document and track safety and compliance training in one online system.

Crafting a strong and well-balanced social media policy requires considerable time and effort. The policy must be flexible enough to accommodate new tech trends yet thorough and specific.

Describe preparation versus prevention when it comes to a school district’s safety plan. 

You can only prepare for general incidents; you can’t prepare for the specific. Preparing a safety plan gets everybody on the same page. Whether it’s a bus accident, bomb threat or intruder alert, prevention comes through debriefing after an emergency occurs. You can’t prevent a bus accident, but you can prevent inadequacies in how we communicate to parents, how we handle injured students and how we deal with the press during that time. 

The zero-out-of-100 is just one of the traditional grading practices schools are rethinking as they seek to report student performance more accurately.

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