July 7, 2011
Bullying is the top safety concern among Virginia's public school students, according to a statewide survey of principals and superintendents.
Among the 737 elementary, middle and high schools that gave students anonymous safety surveys, bullying emerged as students' main concern at all grade levels.
The Virginia School Safety Survey also found that 89 percent of schools employ automated electronic-alert systems to notify families about school emergencies. Eighty-seven percent of schools reported that, aside from the main doors, all exterior entrances to their buildings are locked during school hours.
State law requires an annual audit of school safety issues. The information helps shape safety practices, threat assessment and prevention policies.