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In new school buildings, safety starts with design

The new school’s hallways were empty, save for a quiet custodian wiping tiny black scuff marks from the floor. There were no lockers slamming, no high-pitched giggles, no groups of…

Improper Computer Furniture is a Looming Legal Liability for Schools

Court cases for “repetitive motion injuries” and “carpal tunnel syndrome” are waiting to happen to schools. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates such injuries amount to $27…

Middle schools get $35 million for drug and safety coordinators

Ninety-seven school districts in 34 states will be able to recruit, hire, and train middle school drug prevention and safety coordinators, thanks to nearly $35 million in grants announced Sept.…

Newslines– Wichita district targets unsafe student drivers

Faced with mounting safety concerns, Wichita, Kansas, school officials are bringing in more armed officers. But these officers won’t be patrolling hallways or lunchrooms. They’ll be out in the parking…

Houston school buses get ‘black boxes’ to increase safety

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has rolled out a new program that will equip school buses with data-recording devices similar to the “black boxes” found on airplanes. District officials…

Newslines–Doctor advises review of school records for dioxin effects

A review of Calcasieu Parish, La., school records could tip off researchers as to whether pollution in the area has affected students’ ability to learn, a toxic substance specialist said.…

School psychologists debate merits of “student profiling” to combat violence

Much like the FBI developing psychological profiles to track terrorists and serial killers, school psychologists are putting together checklists of behavior common among students prone to violence. But critics fear…

California passes law to equip school buses with safety belts

California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation requiring safety lap belts and shoulder harnesses on all new school buses starting in 2002, but giving California an emergency exit if the federal…

Bush plan would shield educators from discipline-based lawsuits

Bush plan would shield educators from discipline- based lawsuits Allowing teachers to reasonably enforce discipline and providing more character education for students would improve safety at America’s schools, Texas Gov.…

Filter Installation Without Training Spells Frustration in NYC Schools

The New York City Board of Education is catching some heat over its system-wide internet filtering application after teachers and students complained the program was stymieing legitimate research on the…