Dale: School shootings can be avoided

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Jill DeRosa, assistant superintendent of Oceanside schools, one of the other distgricts contacterd by the Herald, said this week that a program to assess students and deal with those who are deemed to be at risk has been in place for a long time, and that nothing has changed since the Connecticut shooting. “Despite budget cuts, our school board has allowed us to maintain a social worker and a psychologist in each of our elementary schools,” DeRosa said. “In the high school there are two psychologists and a social worker, in addition to a number of guidance counselors. In the district’s elementary schools, she said, social workers give classroom lessons and build relationships with the students, which helps them identify those whose behavior needs further study. Those who are deemed at risk have mandated counseling sessions and are often referred to agencies outside the school system as well.

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