Submitted Article Rep. Karen Boback (Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) met recently with Mark Barden, co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund, who wanted to acknowledge her work to create a new School Mental Health Initiative for Pennsylvania’s public schools. Barden’s 7-year-old son, Daniel, was one of the 26 victims ofContinue Reading

Submitted Article With students returning to class, school buses are or soon will be back on the roads. Motorists, parents and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely. Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when theirContinue Reading

Submitted Article Three public school districts and two non-public schools in the 110th Legislative District today were awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grants to improve safety and security measures, according to Rep. Tina Pickett (Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna). “This funding helps to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff through equipment purchases and the hiring ofContinue Reading

Submitted Article In the wake of this week’s Wolf administration mandate that Pennsylvania students wear a mask during much of the school day, Rep. Tina Pickett (Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) today sent a letter to the secretaries of Health and Education requesting more consistent guidance for school leaders as they prepare for theContinue Reading

Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s trauma prevention & outreach coordinator Gail Malloy (top, right) speaks to Lackawanna Trail teachers about the importance of Stop the Bleed. Commonwealth’s director of emergency services, Ted Kross oversees Lackawanna Trail teacher Ann Jones (above) in a training session. submitted article and photos More than 60Continue Reading

Submitted Article  Recognizing the importance of ensuring our children feel safe at school, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of investing an additional $60 million in the School Safety and Security Block Grant program. Now in its second year, the program provides flexible funding that schools may use forContinue Reading

Submitted Article Rep. Jonathan Fritz (Susquehanna/Wayne) announced that Wayne Highlands School District (Wayne County) and Blue Ridge School District (Susquehanna County) each received $25,000 in Safe Schools Targeted grants. These grants will be used to purchase security-related equipment such as student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting;Continue Reading

Submitted Article Three school districts represented by majority chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Karen Boback (Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), are among 234 districts statewide to be receiving school safety grants. “The grants are the result of Act 44 of 2018, which dedicated funding to school districts, intermediate units,Continue Reading