The death of a 13-year-old student who apparently overdosed on fentanyl at his Connecticut school has drawn renewed pleas for schools to stock the opioid antidote naloxone, as well as for training of both staffers and children on how to recognize and respond to overdoses.
School safety experts and law enforcement officials are working together to make Connecticut schools safer by highlighting security and understanding how mass shootings across the country impact local students.
Join the Region 9 Comprehensive Center on Tuesday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m. CT for a webinar on Pushing Educational Boundaries: Student Recommendations for Spending American Rescue Plan Funds. Students from the 2020–21 Illinois Student Advisory Council spent months researching how to use the current influx of education funding to make the most impact for students.
Describes the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training Initiative, which provides training to adults who work with youth on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightfoot is leading efforts to push the Illinois State Board of Education to create a children's adversity index to measure the exposure to trauma being experienced by students, which will help inform local decision-making and enable stakeholders to engage with local and state leaders around resource allocations and programming.
After student violence prompted administrators to close Alton High School for two days, the district is increasing security measures by adding metal detectors and more staff in hallways between classes. Teachers are also looking for ways to help students cope with trauma and resolve conflict by identifying mental health issues and providing resources.