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Distance Learning Solution Likely Increase Risks to Security of K-12 Education Sector Networks

May 8, 2020Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center and Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center
Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center logo and. the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center logo. Joint Cyber Bulletin.

Measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have forced school systems to implement distance learning solutions in an effort to continue students’ educations. Distance learning solutions, however, carry inherent security vulnerabilities that increase risk to the school system’s network, primarily through the incorporation and reliance on home networks. Wireless home routers and endpoint devices connected to home networks could constitute potentially significant vulnerabilities to the school networks. These vulnerabilities can be largely mitigated through the implementation of cybersecurity best practices by home users (students and their families, faculty, and staff) and school system IT administrators and staff.

Topics: Classroom Management & Teacher Safety Digital Safety & Cyber-bullying

Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

February 15, 2019State of Maryland
image shows classroom materials on table with cell phone with #safeschoolsmaryland iphone and andriod app. It also includes the text
Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative Launches New School Safety Tip Line and Mobile App For Reporting Threats ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 3, 2018) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school facilities.
Topics: Emergency Preparedness Violence Prevention in Schools Violence Prevention on Campus

Prince George's School CEO to Make Public Reports on Student Safety

May 31, 2016WUSA 9

Prince George’s County School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell has promised to report publicly each year statistics and updates on school safety, in the wake of a shocking child porn case at an elementary school.

Topics: Sexual Assault & Date Rape Violence Prevention in Schools

Safety patroller awarded with statewide honor

May 26, 2016Capital Gazette

Anika Coleman, a fifth grader at Pasadena Elementary School, recently won an award for being an outstanding safety patroller. 

Topics: Transportation Safety Violence Prevention in Schools

Mother of Kent Island crash victim kicks off seat belt campaign

May 24, 2016Capital Gazette

Suzanne Elzey of Chester founded the CruiseSafe Foundation, a nonprofit driving safety organization after her son and three friends were killed. They were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, state officials said.

Topics: Transportation Safety

Police, School System Want to Outfit All Montgomery County School Buses With Cameras

May 10, 2016Bethesda Magazine

[Montgomery] County police and school officials are pitching a new vendor they say could outfit all 1,287 of the system’s buses with cameras to catch drivers who illegally pass the vehicles while at bus stops.

Topics: Transportation Safety Violence Prevention in Schools

Md. panel votes to stiffen penalties for underage drinking parties

February 24, 2016The Washington Post

Under the legislation that has been dubbed “Alex and Calvin’s Law,” a person who provides alcohol to someone younger than 21 would receive a prison sentence of up to one year and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for first offense. They would receive two years of incarceration and/or a $7,500 fine for a second or subsequent offense.

Topics: Alcohol & Underage Drinking

Criticism leveled at schools for Maryland juvenile offenders

December 27, 2015The Baltimore Sun

When state officials decided in 2004 to turn the education programs in juvenile justice facilities over to the Maryland State Department of Education, the plan was praised as a bold move to help rehabilitate some of the state's most vulnerable youths.

Finally, they thought, these classrooms would be run by experts, the same people who had built one of the nation's best public school systems. The changeover, part of a sweeping overhaul of the long-troubled juvenile justice system, was also seen as a recognition by state officials that a good education was a way to prevent recidivism among juvenile offenders.

But The Baltimore Sun has found that in overseeing the roughly 5,000 students a year in 14 state-run juvenile facilities, the state's Department of Education has failed to meet the very standards it enforces in public school districts. And though laws say that juvenile offenders are entitled to the same education as their peers in public schools, interviews and records show serious shortcomings.

Topics: Classroom Management & Teacher Safety Gang Violence Violence Prevention in Schools

Erin Cooney promotes human trafficking awareness in Delaware high schools

December 20,

Delmarva Christian High School senior Erin Cooney, a resident of Trappe, Md., did not know much about Delaware politics until she was nominated to represent DCHS at the American Legion Auxiliary’s Delaware Girls State in June.


Topics: Human Trafficking

Millions of teens are using a new app to post anonymous thoughts, and most parents have no idea

December 8, 2015The Washington Post

Millions of teenagers in high schools nationwide are using a smartphone app to anonymously share their deepest anxieties, secret crushes, vulgar assessments of their classmates and even violent threats, all without adults being able to look in.

Topics: Bullying Digital Safety & Cyber-bullying