Sheriff Morgan is getting involved to help keep Newport News students at school.
In light of recent events including the shooting of a teacher by a six-old Richneck Elementary student, sheriff’s deputies will soon be present at schools as students arrive and when they leave.
NNPS Chief of Staff Rashard Wright said at the school board’s February 21 meeting, “Thank you to Sheriff Morgan. Our sheriff’s deputies will be visiting our schools at arrival and dismissal to be visible and also to stop in and speak with our administrators and teachers and to provide support.”
The Newport News School Board made public its enhanced safety plan as they work to ease fears and address concerns of parents, students and staff.
Newport News Public Schools also will have additional security officers and weapons detection systems, which officials stress are more sensitive and more versatile than standard metal detectors. The security officers and staff are being trained now so they’ll be ready when the measures are put in place by March 14.
Sheriff Morgan and NNSO deputies know it’s important to create positive relationships with youngsters. Each year, they tutor children in several elementary schools and make daily visits to meet with students at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School. Deputies greet these dreamers, as they’re called, with handshakes, conduct uniform inspections, and often recite positive affirmations.
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