During their presentation to the York City School Board on Thursday, administrators from William Penn Senior High School discussed the addition of lessons in social skills to the school's curriculum.

The new curriculum, which is expected to be rolled out towards the end of February, will focus on helping students develop their decision-making skills, said William Penn Assistant Principal Kijuan Felder. Administrators are currently in the process of distributing information and reviewing plans for the social skills lessons with teachers and staff, he said.

Felder said the course is intended to help students develop the tools and skills necessary to react appropriately in a variety of situations. Teachers will offer different scenarios and students will have to analyze them and respond, he said, adding the each scenario will be developed based on situations they feel are relevant to their students' lifestyles.

He said he felt the new curriculum could be potentially life-saving.

"Appropriate decision-making in scenarios that are dangerous or potentially life-threatening could make all the difference," Felder said. "Our goal is to save as many lives as we can, to keep all of our students safe and far from danger."

Felder said he also hopes the course will go toward improving the current culture of York City.

"When people in a society become better decision-makers, when they become more thoughtful, the entire society will improve," he said.

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