SAFETY IN SCHOOLS
Our public schools provide safety and security for all students, staff, and families. When the question arises, “Are students safe in schools?” answers are revealed through the precautions, protocols, and training school districts receive and implement. School districts strive to offer first-rate security, safety programs, and peace of mind to all. Schools implement policies to address safety and security issues including school building safety, inclement weather safety, violent threat plans, active shooters drills, and pandemic precautions. It’s important that the community is involved in understanding the needs of their neighborhood schools. Efforts like Safe Schools Week creates awareness of preventing school violence and making schools more safe and secure.
Security and safety measures for schools
Safety regulations and protocols in our public schools cover several areas of safety-related issues.
Safety in School includes
- Pandemic and Disease
- School Bus Safety
- Student Activity Safety
- Emergency Preparedness
- Building Safety
- Cybersecurity Awareness
- Mental Safety
- Bullying and Violence Prevention
Schools rely on guidance from federal and state agencies, trusted sources, and technical assistance from various entities specializing in school safety and security.
SchoolSafety.gov provides resources for schools in developing their security and safety plans. Actionable recommendations are presented through a coordinated effort between The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Education (ED), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidance strives to help schools prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) focuses on improving school climate and conditions for learning. Their mission is to provide the right resources and support to empower educational stakeholders to collaborate. They offer information, tools, and technical assistance, including data and trends. The organization provides focused information on COVID-19 responses, safe and supportive environment creation, and mental health wellness promotion.
The National PTA (Parent Teachers Association) provides webinars, parent FAQs, checklists, and prevention guidelines.
Creating a safe and secure environment for students to learn and thrive is of paramount importance to public schools. Families and communities can contribute to safety and security through knowledge and involvement.