NYC steps up safety strategy at ‘toughest’ schools


The city’s Department of Education is bolstering security and support at more than 100 schools where students are most often involved in troubling incidents, suspended or missing classes, Mayor Eric Adams and Chancellor David Banks.

Project Pivot invests $9 million in youth nonprofits focused on school safety, after-school support and mental health. Officials expect to reach up to 10,000 school children.

“This project will bring community organizations to our schools to connect with young people at a pivotal time in their development through counselling, mentoring and anti-violence interventions,” Adams said outside the courthouse in Tweed, the headquarters of the DOE.

“We are thinking of our children and their right to succeed,” he added. “And in the long run, we will keep them safe and keep their schools safe.”

Schools, primarily in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, were selected based on safety and academic data showing children were disengaged from classes or more likely to need support.

The DOE is bolstering security and support at more than 100 schools where students are most often involved in troubling incidents, suspended or missed classes.
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This data includes discipline and suspensions, but is also based on attendance – such as the number of chronically absent students. More than 40% of children missed one in 10 school days last year, according to city data.

“We’ve identified 138 schools, some of the most disadvantaged schools in the city, that are asking for extra supports, extra resources,” Banks said.

“They have kids in their schools who are brilliant,” he added. “They’re just as talented as everyone else, just like any other kid – they just need some extra support.”

Non-profit organizations provide safety and violence prevention services inside and outside of school, counseling and mentoring, enrichment programs such as sports and the arts, and skills like financial literacy. The programs are backed by research and their effectiveness, officials said.

These locations will be around the school and in local stores.
One of the organizations, Elite Learners Inc., is supporting traditional school safety personnel with more adults trained in dealing with violence near schools.
Cayla Bamberg

“We often talk about security, and many of these organizations are going to provide a higher level of security in our schools,” said Banks, who began his teaching career as a school security officer.

One of the organizations, Elite Learners Inc., is supporting traditional school safety personnel with more adults trained in dealing with violence near schools – on a corner, in a local bodega and inside parks. near.

“So many young people were getting into altercations outside of the building that interfered with their learning in the building,” said Camara Jackson, founder of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit.

“If you don’t feel safe coming to school, how can you sit all day and be successful? So we want to fix that problem,” Jackson said.

These vans are equipped with PlayStations and refrigerators.
Elite Learners place bright orange and yellow vans in front of schools to build relationships with students.
Cayla Bamberg

The organization parks bright orange and yellow vans – equipped with PlayStations and fridges – outside schools to build relationships with students.

The Pivot project was to be funded by COVID aid, which expires in a few school years. The DOE did not immediately respond to a request from the Post regarding plans for funding when the federal stimulus runs out.

The new initiative comes as the number of guns recovered from public schools soared last year – a trend banks have attributed to safety issues on the way to class, rather than disputes on the job. campus.

Violence outside the school building has led several schools to temporarily lock their front doors, with students free to move between classrooms but not leave the building.

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