"Safe Schools, Safe Students" meeting
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Preventing a tragedy, like the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, is the goal of the "Safe Schools, Safe Students" conference this weekend. It brought together members representing more than 700 Boards of Education across New York.
Law enforcement officials from State Police, FBI and Secret Service were also there.
They outlined key points that can be taken by schools and faculty to avoid future tragedies.
The Safe School Initiative believes that a bigger focus must also be placed on the well-being and mental health of a child.
"There's an operational side, which is school safety plans and working with first responders, and making sure your facilities are well built and secure, technology, communications with parents. Things of that nature, all of that school safety aspect, the system that's in place. And then the other side of it that often times goes overlooked, is this access to mental health services and making sure that kids feel that they're in an environment where they are safe," said Tim Kremer, New York State School Boards Association, Executive Director.
Experts also recommend that parents talk to their children and strongly urge getting to know other students and school faculty. That knowledge, they said, can go a long way in the early prevention of dangerous situations.