New York City Department of Education announces $5.55 million initiative to fit schools with door alarms to prevent wandering by students with disabilities.
- The funds will support the installation of 21,000 devices in more than 1,200 school buildings in the nation’s largest school district.
- The move comes following the tragedy of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, a nonverbal, autistic boy who wandered away from school and was found dead in the East River three months later.
“These notification systems will give school officials important new tools to further our commitment to ensure safe communities.”
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