By Kathleen Ohlson - January 27, 2021
Students, teachers, principals, superintendents, school resource officers (SROs) and other staff will soon be navigating from classrooms and hallways to cafeterias, athletic fields and other common areas in school campuses one again.
For many school leaders, they’ll be making plans to transition from hybrid and/or at-home learning to in-person learning full time in the coming months. These plans will include evaluating and revisiting existing safety measures for everyday matters, medical emergencies and other adverse events. Superintendents, principals, SROs, teachers and others will also have the added complexity of how COVID-19 will continue to impact the education, health and wellness of their school community.
Over 56 million children will once again be attending classes in public and private schools. The health and wellness concerns for some of these students are complex and involve continuous care. Other students receive mental health and emotional support services only at their elementary, middle or high schools. School leaders are also preparing for adverse events like school crime or an active assailant incident that sometimes last only minutes.
Here are three safety concerns that will impact K-12 schools across the U.S.
The complete impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children and adolescents is unclear to experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, said mental health-related emergency department visits increased 24% for children ages 5 to 11 and 31% for adolescents ages 12 to 17 at one point in 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.
Challenges in learning are affecting teens and their parents, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association.
Staying informed and updated will be critical as teachers, students, SROs and others return to campus. It will be important for key stakeholders to implement the tools, policies and procedures to ensure their entire campus community is safe and protected. These stakeholders will need to prepare for, manage and respond to any kind of emergency throughout their campus. They must also keep their staff in the know about everyday matters, such as training sessions and routine school safety drills.
The Rave critical communication and collaboration platform allows administrators, teachers, school resource officers and others to improve information flow, provide continuity of operations and expedite response efforts. Key stakeholders would be able to scale and adapt their use of the platform for daily matters as well as unexpected adverse events. The platform includes:
Kathleen Ohlson is Rave Mobile Safety’s Content Marketing Manager, writing about federal, K–12 and public safety topics. When she’s not researching or banging away at her keyboard, Kathleen enjoys going to concerts and “playing” general manager for her favorite teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins.
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