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Students in Knox County Schools will not be required to wear masks after May 26. The Knox County Board of Education voted to sunset the mask mandate during a regular meeting on Wednesday.The whole intent of the resolution is to get the community to the table,” said Daniel Watson, a board member representing the District 3.

The proposed resolution requested community involvement in the discussion of future agreements between schools and law enforcement, ultimately giving community members the opportunity to help make decisions about safety and security in schools

Key Takeaways:

  • At the same meeting, a resolution that would have added community members to a planned discussion related to police officers in schools failed to garner enough votes.
  • The proposed resolution underwent changes even before tonight’s meeting. One change from the original proposal is the language.
  • Another change is the removal of the reelection of subcommittees and task forces, instead, the board will hold a special called meeting in June and take action themselves.

"Here’s what we know about the decision to leave the police agreement with Knox County Schools and what will happen."

Read more: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2021/05/06/knoxville-police-leaving-schools-agreement/4969380001/

School Safety

Police and volunteers gave away bags filled with flyers in English and Spanish that included phone numbers for the police department.For more than 20 years, volunteers like Annette Glover and Lydia Cotton have worked to strengthen the bond between the police and the community.

Organizers say they plan to have more walk-throughs like this in the future to continue building relationships between police and the community. Church volunteers and North Charleston Police Officers walked through communities, reminding them they are there to help.

Key Takeaways:

  • While some students confidently took a seat at the front of the room just a few feet from the men with guns and Tasers strapped to their belts, others chose to stick to the back.

  • Police and volunteers gave away bags filled with flyers in English and Spanish that included phone numbers for the police department.

  • Organizers say they plan to have more walk-throughs like this in the future to continue building relationships between police and the community.

"The students and officers of the Charleston Police Department were there April 23 to participate in an open discussion, which the school refers to as community circles."

Read more: https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-police-officers-look-to-build-relationships-through-chats-with-students/article_2eace10e-9c92-11eb-bdc8-abbddcc88919.html