Enforcing discipline in schools

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 7/25/2013 12:10 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Discipline was the topic of discussion Thursday for administrators in both the New Albany and Union County school systems.

The group met with a Mississippi Department of Education official who explained new laws surrounding school safety and also other topics like how far an educator can go in a situation before law enforcement must be called in.

Don Criswell with the Mississippi Education Department said, "One thing that we're really emphasizing is documentation. They need to have good records of an incident that may happen in their school as far as school safety."

Educators at the workshop say they feel their schools are overall safe.

Despite that statement, much more emphasis is now placed on school safety measures than ever before.

New Albany Superintendent Jackie Ford said, "There's a great emphasis on school security. We have to make sure our buildings are safe and our students are safe."

The guest speaker says there is no guarantee of a totally safe school.

Criswell says, though, workshops like these give administrators needed reminders and ideas to remain proactive.

Criswell said, "Keeping a good, safe school building includes limiting your access. You have to keep all your interior and exterior doors locked. You can't allow people to come on campus unless they follow your visitor procedures."

He also says parents and the community must continue to play an important role in making sure children have a safe place to learn.
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