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School Safety Working Group Convenes First Meeting

Posted on April 18, 2018


HARTFORD – A bi-partisan School Safety Working Group convened its first meeting to study issues surrounding school safety at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) will serve as a member of the working group, which was created earlier in the year.

Rep. Bolinsky explained, “It’s troubling to realize that some of the protective measures concerning school security that were previously passed by the state legislature in 2013 are not being upheld. School security is a primary function of the state government, which is why I felt compelled to join my legislative colleagues to undertake a statewide inventory of procedures, compliance and needs to have best-in-the-nation standards and disciplines here in Connecticut. Ultimately, we will develop positive recommendations to keep our children safe going forward and encourage periodic updates to meet ever-changing challenges and new technologies.”

The group will conduct a comprehensive review of school safety in Connecticut on an on-going basis and make recommendations for the next legislative session in 2019. In addition to state legislators, the working group will include school superintendents, law enforcement/first-responders, mental health professionals, school security consultants, students and parents.

The next meeting will convene in May after the conclusion of the legislative session on the 9th.