Schools are meant to be safe places. For youth experiencing instability, violence and neglect at home, schools are often the only safe place. However, increasingly over the years, that safety has come into question with reports of bullying and violence, shootings and more. When children are not only doing but accustomed to active shooter drills, how safe can a school feel?
This week is National Safe Schools Week. Districts may send home newsletters about safety practices and improvements. Children may learn about things they can do to help keep their school safe. But how effective are practices and policies at individual schools when the community and society as a whole is not committed as well?
We must all work together to create safe schools. After all, children cannot learn if they do not feel safe.