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Oct 24th 2020, 10:54 am
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School Safety

It is not as much in the news as it used to be, but there is a lot to worry about in our schools. Not only are the educational standards of some of our schools not up to par, there are dangers lurking in the hallways that weren’t a worry back when I was a kid. If you have forgotten all about what happened at Columbine, you should go back and refresh your memory. School safety is a huge concern, and even though there haven’t been any huge events in the news lately, that doesn’t mean something won’t happen in the near future. There are things you can do to help your child understand what school safety is all about, and how they should protect themselves if something were to happen.

Children need to know that if something is happening in their school, they need to take cover and hide if at all possible. If they see someone with a gun, they should get out of view as fast as possible, even if it means crawling under a desk. There are no easy answers as to what to do when something like this happens, so perhaps you want to talk to someone in your school district about school safety, and what they think students should do in the case of an emergency of this type. The school will have access to resources that can help them teach children about school safety.

Shootings aren’t the only school safety concerns that you have to worry about. I live where I do because I love the school, and it seems to be a safe environment. This doesn’t mean something can’t happen though, and when my daughter starts school, I’ll have to keep talking to her about school safety. Children are exposed to drugs, drinking, and bullying all the time, and you may never know about it. They may never tell you if someone offered them a cigarette, or tried to get them to drink a beer. This is where school safety is totally in your hands, and you have to talk to them before someone else does.

Children often have to worry about bullies and fighting in schools. I know that sometimes there are kids who just want to make trouble. You must teach your children how to best handle bullies, and what to do if someone threatens them. Let them know that they are never alone and they can always come to you or their school guidance counselor if they are feeling harassed for any reason. The biggest part of school safety for any child is making sure they know they can come to you with any problem at any time, and that you will understand and help them.

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