Youth vaping, or e-cigarette use, has risen significantly in recent years, even as rates of other types of nicotine use by youth have fallen. The lack of proven nicotine-use cessation options for youth makes prevention critically important. Detection is a central part of prevention, since youth tend to hide vape use from parents, teachers, and other adults. Promising new vaping detection technology being developed may hold the key for reducing youth e-cigarette use rates in schools.
On Monday, May 10, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all students returning to SUNY (State University of New York) and CUNY (City University of New York) campuses for in-person learning this fall will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Last week, a communication error on the campus of Ohio State University at Newark in Newark, Ohio, led to a student and a research staff member seeing guns pointed in their direction—unaware that they were in the middle of a scheduled police training exercise and that the weapons were fake.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state plans to release federal stimulus money provided to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas received about $19 billion from the federal government, of which about $11 billion is currently available.
Rave Mobile Safety, a provider of critical communication and collaboration technology solutions, has released the results of its 2021 Crisis Communication and Safety in Education Survey. The survey revealed that COVID-19 and student mental health are the top concerns among the 600+ K–12 and higher education staff nationwide who responded to the poll in late March 2021.
The Kansas Senate recently passed a bill that would promote firearm education and safety training among K-12 students in the state. The bill would require the Kansas State Board of Education to develop a curriculum for a gun safety education program. Individual districts and school boards would have the choice to adopt the program in local schools.
During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership at the private college began exploring how they could safely resume on-campus classes in the fall of 2020 and maintain operations should isolated parts of the community contract COVID-19.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives introduced a bill to the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence that would grant a level of immunity from liability to armed school security personnel in the event of a public safety incident.
Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced this week that it will resume a “full, on-campus learning environment and regular student life operations” for the fall semester. During the summer, it will integrate faculty and staff back into offices and buildings and make any updates to campus necessary to optimize health and safety practices.
Critical communication and collaboration technology platform Rave Mobile Safety has announced that it supports compliance with Virginia’s Marcus Alert System. The Marcus Alert was established to provide mental health awareness resources and community understanding services around the state, and it was named for a man shot and killed by a police officer while experiencing a mental health episode in 2018.