Mass killings in schools is officially no longer an anomaly. While grief is still so fresh with Sandy Hook, Parkland, Florida is now another town that no one will ever forget. The horrific event at Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead. But the most stunning details about the entire incident are what emerged from the mouths of the people who were so familiar with the shooter. Unanimously reported, this young man was a worrisome, troubled child and teen. Almost everyone reported a long history of disturbing behavior from him, in school and where he called home. It seemed that all these recounts were just commonly known as soft behavioral data in his overall education history, marking that this young man was a terrible, tragic event waiting to happen. Trouble is, no one was tracking or monitoring it.
Why are we just finding this out now? He attended the high school he unleashed such an unspeakable crime against. Who was in charge of keeping record of such a person in the student body?
The truth is no one was in charge of making sure that students like this young man were tracked and soft behavioral data in the education history of a student and their overall wellbeing was recorded and shared for all who would need to see it. Maybe it is considered not useful? Could it have been thought unnecessary? If history has taught us anything about these catastrophic events, we need to think about the pathology that precedes such an event and how we can use the soft behavioral data of a student to possibly intervene when needed.
Soft Behavioral Data Gathering Is Not Required By Law
Unfortunately, the kinds of data used to help a child in their education journey are not always linked to a diagnosis. However, only data along a diagnostic path can typically be used to justify special education funding in school systems and is thus collected, as it is required by law. Schools get government money for educational diagnoses in their school systems under IDEA and FAPE. That money is used to fund the extra resources needed to educate a population of students that fit certain criteria for needing special education services specific to their diagnosis. In layman’s terms, if the data isn’t useful for acquiring or justifying special education grant money and special education grant spending, it isn’t being used or stored anywhere. That doesn't mean that ignoring this data isn't going to have lasting financial impact on school systems in America. Think of how costly violence in the school system has become. Financial losses, and most importantly, lives have been destroyed because of this growing problem. Now is the time to pay attention to soft behavioral data in order to intervene.
This is a horrible misstep in the education system that has been made known in spades over the weeks following the event in Parkland, Florida. What could the staff at Stoneman Douglas High School have done if they were tracking, recording and sharing this young man’s soft behavioral data? Educators are mandated reporters. Could they have made the calls necessary to intervene on his behalf, armed with the recorded information they had been gathering on him for all this time? We’ll never know. But we can change the future. We do have something out there today that can dramatically change the landscape of soft behavioral data for educators and their allied support professionals to use for the recording and sharing of this data. It’s name is eCare Vault.
eCare Vault Is The First Platform Of It’s Kind For Real-time Collaboration Around A Student
Imagine a place where a student’s parents, therapists, teachers, education professionals, and school administration could come together to record, share, and collaborate around one student. Even if they have very real needs that may fall outside the parameters of what is needed for special education funding, their behavior outcomes of therapy can be shared with those who need to have it. What impact could be made on the lives of such students who need behavioral health care that does not fit into the Special Education realm as it stands today?
eCare Vault is the solution to the issue of tracking soft behavioral data as part of the overall education history of a student that has become so glaringly missing. The future for all student success now has to encompass behavioral health. Let eCare Vault help your student body by meeting this need today.