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School safety meetings planned across North Dakota

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler

BISMARCK -– Despite a report that the state doesn’t have any “persistently dangerous schools,” State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is planning a series of public meetings across North Dakota in the next few months to listen to public comment on how to improve school safety.

The meetings will also include other education, emergency services and law enforcement partners

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education requires states to determine if they have any persistently dangerous schools, notify parents about the designation, and offer students an opportunity to transfer to another public school. North Dakota has never had a school labeled as persistently dangerous, Baesler said.

North Dakota defines an elementary or secondary school as persistently dangerous if two criteria are met: The school has had a gun violation or a violent criminal offense committed on school property during each of the last three years, and if the school expelled a certain number of students in two of the previous three years for violence or weapons offenses.