VA: State has new school safety working group; 20% of students have mental health disorder

July 19, 2018, Woodbridge, VA, Inside Nova: New working group on school safety in Virginia includes Prince William and Loudoun administrators State’s new school safety working group includes Prince William and Loudoun public school officials A new 20-member work group that will make student safety recommendations for Virginia schools met for the first time Thursday afternoon. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the members on Thursday, and they include school safety administrators from Prince William County and Loudoun County. … The group will consider how to improve information sharing and effectiveness of threat assessment teams; assess the role, prevalence and training of school resource and school security officers; evaluate existing ratios and staffing levels for school support staff; and identify opportunities to expand training to a variety of personnel, according to an executive order from Northam. … It is estimated at least one in five children in Virginia exhibit symptoms of four mental health disorders and 19 percent of children in Virginia have experienced two or more adverse childhood experiences, according to the executive order. The executive order also cited Virginia’s annual schools safety audit, which states that half of all threats reported to K-12 threat assessment teams involve threats of self harm.