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Schools, police team up for Internet safety

SoVaNow.com / February 17, 2009
A local collaboration between law enforcement agencies, the Department of Social Services, and Halifax County Public Schools is planned to heighten the community’s awareness of Internet safety. An Internet Safety Kick-off program is scheduled for parents, students, school personnel, and the community on Feb. 23.

“The school system recognizes the importance of this matter. We want to be productive and inform the parents and community of internet safety guidelines,” said Paul Stapleton, Superintendent of Halifax County Schools.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney for Halifax County, Virginia State Police, Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, South Boston and Halifax Police Departments, and the Halifax County Department of Social Services, along with Halifax County Public Schools representatives will sponsor an evening of information, refreshments and door prizes to bring the community together at Halifax County High School on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Parents will participate in a session presented by the Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White. Elementary, middle and high school students will participate in break-out sessions on age appropriate topics presented by school personnel. Officers from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, Halifax Police Department, South Boston Police Department and the Virginia State Police will assist with these sessions.

Internet safety is now required to be part of the public school curriculum throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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