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Planning a secure school facility

School officials involved in designing new facilities or remodeling existing sites should consider the following steps to ensure the safety of their students: • Involve your school security team and…

Excerpts from ISTE’s Connecting Curriculum and Technology

Profiles for technology-literate students In 1998, ISTE released a set of technology standards for K-12 students—performance indicators that could be used as benchmarks to define “technology-literate” students at each grade…

Newslines– Violent crime rates down among youth

Despite fears spawned by a series of high-profile school shootings, violent juvenile crime rates dropped last year, continuing a four-year trend, according to a Justice Department study released Nov. 23.…

Safety tips every teacher should know

Here are safety tips that some school safety consultants believe teachers should know before they step into a classroom: • Don’t lock classroom doors. If the door is open, other…

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…

Berkeley aims to dish up pesticide-free lunches

The humble school lunch is about to turn into food for thought under an ambitious plan by the Berkeley, Calif., Unified School District to bring organic fare to cafeteria tables.…

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…

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–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.…