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Charlotte, NC: Districts adds 60 more counselors for social/emotional/mental health needs

Nov 17, 2018, WNCT9, Greenville, NC: North Carolina school system increases security measures CHARLOTTE, N.C. CMS is increasing security measures, including random wanding of students and searches of backpacks, to help keep weapons out of schools. The district announced the new safety protocols Nov. 16, and called for community support in keeping schools safe. The new measures are in addition to a network of existing protections in the district’s Circle of Safety, including Lobby Guard visitor screening, 24/7 camera monitoring on all campuses, School Resource Officers in high and middle schools, lockdown drills and active-survivor training. … The district announced the new security measures following the fatal shooting of a Butler high school student in a crowded school hallway Oct. 29. Another Butler student has been charged in the shooting. … In addition to these measures, Dr. Wilcox emphasized the necessity of additional significant investment in social, emotional and mental health supports for students, including more counselors, in the next operating budget. CMS has added 60 counseling positions this year but remains well below student-counselor ratios recommended by national mental health organizations. “I want to use this announcement as a platform for early notice to our leaders – CMS will be asking for more support for our student and not in a small way,”

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