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State Senator Weighs In On School Safety Protocols

February 27, 2015 in Articles, Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

School safety is just one critical element of comprehensive local health and safety management and it’s something that local central Virginia leaders are taking seriously.

In January, the Daily Progress covered an analysis of Senate Bill 782, which calls for more detailed provisions on management of disciplinary and restraint processes for local students.

The story covers the advocacy of Sen. Tom Garrett, Jr. (R-Buckingham) who asks the state to limit the use of policies for restraint and isolation. “We don’t need to jump to draconian isolation for first- and second-grade and kindergarten children whose most egregious offense is running when they shouldn’t have,” Garrett says. “I’m telling you this is the difference between these young people turning out to be productive, contributing members of society or going through life thinking there’s something wrong with them.”

Policy Provisions

The story also details how the Senate bill could lead to better prevention and de-escalation of incidents, with fewer physical restraints used and less threat of serious injury for students. Garrett and others talk about a sense of ‘cascading interventions’ for children who would have otherwise been compliant and had a chance to succeed to be pushed into bigger and worse problems through the use of excessively punitive policy.

Promoting a Safe Environment

What does this have to do with personal injury?

Just as in the public schools, a community can lower the chances of physical injury in its local public areas by having well-maintained policies on everything from travel to law enforcement.

Personal injury lawyers see firsthand what happens when municipalities create compassionate, rational laws that keep public processes working well. They also see the other side of the coin when poorly designed laws or a lack of oversight or legal provisions leads to all sorts of issues such as police brutality, high numbers of traffic accidents or even injury to school-age children, as mentioned in the above article.

It’s up to local leaders and business owners to work together to make a community safer for residents. And it’s up to everyone to promote that level of safety, by watching out for negligent or lax oversight that could contribute to some of the tragedies we experience in our local communities.

Local central Virginia injury lawyers understand what’s most challenging about living in places like Albemarle, Rockingham or Augusta counties. We know what people are struggling with and how to fix many of the problems that send them to local emergency departments or doctor’s offices. We work with injury victims to help them get the best chance of compensation when they are harmed because of someone else’s mistakes.

Local Charlottesville residents or others in the central Virginia area can call the professional legal offices of MartinWren P.C. Our personal injury attorneys have a track record of helping families secure money for the costs of care and recovery after an accident injury. Let us help you and your family fully understand your options for bringing a personal injury case in Central VA.

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