By Tara Gibson - April 2, 2020
School safety is consistently top of mind for educators across the United States, even amongst the unprecedented time of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Although many schools have adapted to online and digital teaching styles for the foreseeable future, school safety will always be a constant topic to consider in the K-12 education space. But school safety isn’t just a school’s responsibility as there are many moving parts that go into creating a comprehensive school safety strategy.
When many think of school safety minds can go to the tragic school violence events we’ve seen unfold across the country over the last few decades. In more recent times the United States was shocked after witnessing the Parkland and Santa Fe school shooting tragedies, which prompted many K-12 schools to investigate school safety technologies designed to assist in predicting and preventing active assailants and other school safety threats from occurring.
School safety is defined as schools and school-related activities where students are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and substance use, according to Safe Supportive Learning. Essentially, the goal of school safety is to protect students as well as faculty and staff. There are multiple school safety threats schools should be aware of such as the following:
As there are many school safety threats that could harm students and staff, it’s impossible for the responsibilities to fall just on the school itself. K-12 schools and districts have to work with internal resources such as teachers and administrators as well as outside resources to ensure the safety of students and staff.
It's clear that school safety doesn’t just start and end with school, but includes multiple moving parts and people to make sure students and staff stay safe.
Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12, State & Local, Higher Ed, Corporate, and Healthcare, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
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