FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2018
On Wednesday, the Select Committee on School Safety met on the campus of James Madison University where the committee authorized a final report supporting 24 priority recommendations to be presented to the General Assembly for the 2019 Session. The committee is presenting a broad set of recommendations to make our kids and schools safer through threat prevention, counseling prioritization and increased mental health services, and increased training for school personnel and school security.
The priority recommendations include proposals to realign the role of school counselors, develop a statewide mental health and suicide prevention tip line application, increase funding for School Resource Officers, increase funding for school security grants, and create a Commission on Student Mental Health to continue to study a number of important topics considered by the committee.
“When I formed the Select Committee on School Safety I promised that our final product would be comprehensive and consensus-driven,” said Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Chairman of the Select Committee. “I am confident we have accomplished this goal.”
The Select Committee has been solutions oriented and focused on putting the safety of students over politics. Collectively, the full committee and the subcommittees have met more than a dozen times in locations across the Commonwealth, received hundreds of comments from the public, and heard from many experts.
“I am grateful to the members of the Select Committee who have worked diligently to come up with proposals that will further ensure the safety of our students while in the classroom,” said Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Vice-Chairman of the Select Committee. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to turn these priority recommendations into bills for the 2019 General Assembly Session.”