EDC: In My Purse

Some time ago, I did a post about the things I carry every day in my pockets or on my body. In it, I promised to talk about the stuff that I always keep close by but not necesarily on my body. For this purpose, I’m using the phrase “in my purse” somewhat loosely. Depending on the situation – where I am, who’s with me, what’s around me, these items might not literally be in my purse. But they’re almost always close at hand.

Ready to take a look? Here’s what I’ve got:

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School Safety Plan?

I received a big packet of paperwork in the mail from Nutmeg’s school yesterday. As I always do – my paralegal training showing through, I guess – I actually sat down to read all the paperwork, disclosure notices, rules, etc. My daughter’s in a special education program, so we get quite a volume of stuff at the beginning of the year and this process took a while.

Buried on page 11 of a 32-page booklet was this interesting morsel:

School Safety Plan

Every year, each school shall review and update its plan by March 1. Each school shall make its plan public and shall report its school safety plan to numerous community leaders, school site personnel and parent groups. Plans should, among other things, provide guidance for the prevention of bullying, and key elements are to be described in the school accountability report card. Planned responses to criminal incidents need not be disclosed.

As you can imagine, reading this got me thinking: What will my daughter’s school do in the event of an “active shooter” incident? Heck, what will they do in the event of an earthquake?

Since the school states that they won’t release any information about their planned responses to criminal acts, I don’t really have any way to evaluate how safe my daughter would be in such an occurrence. But, it seems to me, keeping kids safe in school – at least at Nutmeg’s school – is problematic for several reasons:

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