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Virginia: Keeping schools safe "with increased mental health services and counselors"

July 11, 2018, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch: The model state for school safety still has challenges https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/the-model-state-for-school-safety-still-has-challenges/article_da65a286-7ddb-528c-843a-a28cd92ef587.html …Virginia was a pioneer in threat assessments and has “no significant shortcomings” when it comes to school safety, a state commission said, but nearly 1 in 4 state public schools feel they need training in crisis planning, prevention and response, and about one-third of students said someone at school physically attacked, pushed or hit them last year, according to data released earlier this year…. The U.S. Department of Education defines school safety as “schools and school-related activities where students are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and substance use.”… The first part of the JLARC presentation focused on prevention, with increased mental health services and counselors, along with social-emotional learning, being shown as ways to improve school climate. … The issue that hangs over the committee, like it does essentially all issues, is money. “At the end of the day, somebody has to pay for it,” said Brown. “No one had a great solution to that.” …