Letter from Task Force Chairman Dr. Jonathan Brice -- 3-30-2018

Good Day,

This was a productive week for the Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth as several members visited three schools - New Rochelle High School and both middle schools, Albert Leonard and Isaac E. Young.

The Task Force also convened for its third meeting on Monday evening, when a panel discussion focused on disciplinary procedures and the issues surrounding the policy of a closed campus during lunch periods. The panel was comprised of a school administrator, a high school teacher and two high school students, all Task Force members. The discussion was insightful, with members of the Task Force asking questions to better understand the practices and some of the complexity around potential recommendations that will require city, school district and community resources to implement. 



The next regular meeting of the Task Force will conclude discussion of NRHS practices and turn the focus on City of New Rochelle policies and practices.



A special Task Force meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, where the members of the community are welcome to make brief public recommendations to the Task Force. (NOTE: The location has changed. The meeting will be held in New Rochelle City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall, 515 North Ave. Use the main entrance adjacent to the City Hall Parking Lot.)

To sign up in advance to speak at the meeting, email nrtaskforcechair@gmail.com. Please indicate whether you are a student in New Rochelle public schools. Attendees will also be able to sign up at the meeting.



Speakers will be placed on a list in the order in which they sign up. However, students will be given priority to speak during the first hour.



Thank you,
Jonathan Brice, Ed.D.
Chair
Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth
3/30/2018

Letter from Task Force Chairman Dr. Jonathan Brice -- 3-16-2018

To the New Rochelle Community:

The New Rochelle Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth met for the second time on Wednesday, March 14th.

The meeting included a review of the meeting agenda outcomes and a presentation by District staff on the Student Code of Conduct. Task Force members assembled in their working groups: district policies and practices, New Rochelle High School policies and practices, city policies and practices, and community resources, to discuss the policies they were assigned.

Each group identified questions or concerns they may have with the assigned policies and requested additional data or presentations from district staff as part of their ongoing work.

If any community members have ideas or recommendations within the four areas we are examining that they want the Task Force to consider please email your ideas to

Ideas.nrtaskforce@gmail.com

Thank you,
Jonathan Brice, Ed.D.
Chair
Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth

3/16/2018

Letter from Task Force Chairman Dr. Jonathan Brice -- 3-13-2018

To the New Rochelle Community,

 

On Saturday March 10, 2018 the Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth met for its introductory meeting. The meeting served as an opportunity for Task Force members to meet each other and establish norms for how we will work together and reach consensus on recommendations that we will provide to the Board of Education. Members of the Task Force selected one of four working groups that will be the focus of their work: district policies and practices, New Rochelle High School policies and practices, City of New Rochelle policies and practices, and community-based resources. Most importantly, the Task Force discussed how we can provide the community with periodic updates about our work and how the community can share their ideas for recommendations with us.

 

After each Task Force meeting I will provide the community with an update about the meeting topics and themes of the discussion.  The update will be included in the district's "News from Our Schools" e-newsletter that is sent to the community every Friday.

 

Next, we have established an email address that the community can use to provide recommendations for the Task Force.  The email address is

 

ideas.nrtaskforce@gmail.com  

 

Each e-mail received will be provided to one of four working groups: district policies and practices, New Rochelle High School policies and practices, City of New Rochelle policies and practices, and community-based resources.  

 

Some members of the community might like the opportunity to provide public comment and the Task Force has established our meeting on Saturday April 14, 2018 as a meeting where public comments about recommendations can be shared. Details about the schedule for this meeting will be provided in future updates.

 

Thank you for the commitment this community has shown to working together to reduce violence in the lives of children and youth.

 

Jonathan Brice, Ed.D.
Chair
Task Force on Reducing Violence In the Lives of Children and Youth

03/13/18