Schools

NEW YORK | Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

NEW YORK — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt. Law enforcement agencies across the country dismissed the threats, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

MAGALIA, Calif. | The Latest: Poor air quality shutting San Francisco schools

MAGALIA, Calif. — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 4 p.m. Most schools in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Folsom will be closed Friday as a deadly wildfire in Northern California send smoke into the Bay Area. School districts announced the closures Thursday as the region experienced some of the worst air … Continue reading MAGALIA, Calif. | The Latest: Poor air quality shutting San Francisco schools

PASADENA, Calif. | West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

PASADENA, Calif.  — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. “We’re making a large change from a production prototype in pilot mode to an open-for-business operational mode,” Doug Given, … Continue reading PASADENA, Calif. | West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

WASHINGTON | DeVos’ rocky Senate confirmation hearing turned into theater

WASHINGTON — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. In a play performed Monday at Washington’s Arena Stage theater, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated … Continue reading WASHINGTON | DeVos’ rocky Senate confirmation hearing turned into theater

DETROIT | Water coolers replace school drinking fountains in Detroit

DETROIT— Thousands of Detroit public schools students were told Tuesday to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes, after the drinking fountains were shut off because of contaminants in some water fixtures. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said last week that elevated levels of lead or copper were found in … Continue reading DETROIT | Water coolers replace school drinking fountains in Detroit

BEIRUT | UN schools for Palestinians defy funding cuts, open on time

BEIRUT  — United Nations schools for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are starting the new school year on time, despite the U.S. decision to cancel funding to the international body’s Palestinian relief agency. Students looked giddy as they arrived at the Haifa Intermediate School in Beirut’s Bir Hassan neighborhood on Monday and sat attentively through their … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN schools for Palestinians defy funding cuts, open on time

WASHINGTON | Anger over Ed Dept mulling federal money for guns in schools

WASHINGTON  — A senior Trump administration official says the Education Department is weighing whether to allow states to use federal grants earmarked for academic enrichment to purchase guns for schools. The official told the Associated Press on Thursday that the agency is reviewing legislation governing the grants to see if the money can be used … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Anger over Ed Dept mulling federal money for guns in schools

Homeland Security News: U.S. Secret Service Releases Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence

WASHINGTON – On July 12, 2018, the United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released another tool in support of the effort to end the prevalence of targeted violence effecting the Nation, the world, and most importantly – our schools.  ENHANCING SCHOOL SAFETY USING A THREAT ASSESSMENT MODEL – An Operational Guide for Preventing … Continue reading Homeland Security News: U.S. Secret Service Releases Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence