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Pasco School Board to discuss bullying, security at workshop



With conversations in the Florida Legislature as a backdrop, the Pasco County School Board plans to take a hard look at how it deals with safety and bullying during a workshop Tuesday.

District officials started talking about the issues months ago, also taking such steps as school risk assessments with law enforcement and making plans for an anti-bullying summit in the early summer. Superintendent Kurt Browning also has made clear that while he takes the matters seriously, he doesn't want to go as far as having armed guards at elementary schools.

The staff has prepared a three-page action plan to cope with bullying. It calls for, among other things, revising anti-bullying presentations to students and tying those to the Code of Conduct more closely, and creating new structures to provide students ways to raise concerns and help solve them within their schools.

It also has listed several areas of need when it comes to improving school safety. Those include training for personnel, added funding to improve facilities, and reviewing response procedures to ensure they match current trends.

Board members called for this workshop to get an update on the situation. No action is scheduled to be taken, although the board can give the staff directions on how to proceed. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:09am]


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