County Attorney releases Safe Schools Task Force report to community
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi released the final report of the Community Task Force on Safe Schools on March 9 to stakeholders across Ramsey County, complete with targeted recommendations to promote safe schools and address underlying factors that contribute to conflict and disrupt learning environments.
The County Attorney convened the task force beginning in June 2016 in response to increasing reports of incidents of physical aggression by youth toward teachers and other school staff.
After reviewing numerous data reports along with a wide-range of community input, the task force engaged in facilitated conversations as a team to identify the underlying factors that contribute to conflict and behavior challenges which disrupt the learning environment. The task force then developed five key recommendations. Each recommendation identifies a primary challenge to be addressed at the community, school or systems level.
The 39-member task force, comprised of parents, teachers, students, school resource officers, youth workers and school administrators, met over the course of seven months to tackle the challenge of understanding and addressing the struggles youth face in our community and in school settings. Members were selected because of their diversity of personal and professional experience, direct involvement with youth, and commitment to finding actionable solutions.
In addition to the final report, community members can view data prepared for and presented to the task force.