Aug 17, 2018, Ashtabula (OH) Star Beacon: Jefferson focusing on school safety, behavior and mental health http://www.starbeacon.com/news/local_news/jefferson-focusing-on-school-safety-behavior-and-mental-health/article_6867ada7-1040-588c-9ba7-d529ca5c489a.html … The district has ordered door anchors for about 300 doorways in district buildings from Anchorman Inc. of California at about $126 each, for a total cost of about $37,900, Montanaro said. He said the district received an $11,150 discount on the purchase for buying within 30 days of the quote and the administrators chose to recoup at least some of the funds through sponsors like local businesses or families…. The door anchors are “impenetrable” and can be activated by foot from inside a classroom, according to the company’s website. The anchors can also be released from inside the classroom or by first responders outside the classroom, using a special key provided by the company…. Jefferson Police Department officer Greg Korabek began temporary work Thursday as Jefferson Elementary School’s dedicated school resource officer. The department has yet to assign a permanent officer to the school, Montanaro said. This school year marks the second for Rock Creek Elementary’s armed security guard, Tim Gowens, elementary Principal Chris Edison said Thursday…. Newly hired, dedicated case managers from Community Counseling Center stationed at each of the district’s schools also began their in-school work Thursday, Montanaro said…. Rock Creek Elementary, like other district schools, are beginning to implement new behavioral supports systems aimed at reinforcing positive behaviors. A locally sponsored Ohio House bill recently signed into law appropriates funding for schools for those programs…. The district made seven new staffing hires this year, including two Title I tutors, two special educators, one paraprofessional and one nurse’s assistant….
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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