School Safety Task Force

School Safety Task Force News Release

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The Chesterfield County School Board is creating a School Safety Task Force to evaluate current protocols and best practices that ensure the school division is providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment for all students, staff and administrators. Prior to the recent tragedy in Florida, two Chesterfield School Board members, Midlothian representative Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, former Virginia Secretary of Education, and Clover Hill representative Dianne Smith, a gubernatorial appointee in 2013 to the governor’s School Safety Task Force,  were actively looking into the creation of a task force. The task force will be co-chaired by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and former Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, both residents of Chesterfield County and parents of students at Chesterfield County Public Schools.

This task force will examine critical issues surrounding education and safety, with four main topics established:

  • School safety and security
  • Student support services and mental health support services
  • Student conduct and student discipline
  • Protocols and partnership between Chesterfield County Public Schools and Chesterfield Police

Some of the topics the task force will review include: critical incident and emergency management planning, individual school prevention efforts, mental health support services, bullying prevention, threat assessment protocols, suicide awareness and prevention efforts, drugs in school and the opioid crisis, Chesterfield County Public Schools Student Code of Conduct, student disciplinary actions and discipline disparities, alternative approaches for student discipline, school resource officers and communications between the school division and public safety officials.

The School Board accepted applications from community members to serve on the School Safety Task Force. Task force members will be appointed from each of the county’s five magisterial districts and will include parents, teachers, staff members, students and other community members.

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