New School Year Brings Focus On Security And Mental Health
Florida schools are reopening for a new academic year. With the new year, comes new changes, including a new rule that Florida public schools are now required to provide mental and emotional health education to middle and high school students. Schools will give information about coping skills, ways to sustain good mental health, suicide prevention and the impacts of substance abuse. It comes as attending school is potentially becoming more stressful. Active shooter drills are held every month for students from head start to 12th grade. Each school also has an armed security guard, and some will have trained school personnel carrying firearms. Mary Bridges is senior director of Student Services for the Orange County Public School District. She joined The Florida Roundup to discuss how having armed guards and active shooter drills affects students’ psyches. An excerpt from the conversation follows: The Florida Roundup: Armed guards, active shooter drills and the like, what are your
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How South Florida Schools Plan To Integrate Mental Health Education
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'It's Not Going To Happen Overnight:' Broward County Transit Leader On New Monorail System Proposal
Brightline and Tri-Rail take South Floridians across the region. Now a monorail plan is in the works. Broward and Miami-Dade County transit officials are proposing a single track that would run along Northwest 27th Avenue in Miami — connecting the Hard Rock Stadium up to an area of college campuses in Broward. A penny sales tax that Broward voters approved last November would, in part, fund the project. WLRN has been asking listeners what they think about the proposed monorail. “Rail travel between Miami-Dade and Broward is absolutely needed!” said Cachetta Derricott in Parkland. “It will help alleviate traffic by decreasing too many cars occupied by one driver on the interstate.” Read More: This Broward County Bus Driver Finds Beauty In The Mundane; Then He Blogs About It “I’m glad that finally South Florida is taking on initiatives with public transportation,” said Patricia Ayuso of Aventura. “I also hope that public transportation gets even better and expands in future years.” WLRN
South Florida Lawmakers Make Case For TPS For Venezuelans
The U.S. is a step closer to granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans.