Back to School Safety Tips for Students, Teachers, and School Administrators
As summer quickly comes to an end, it is that time of year that most students (and even some teachers) dread – Back to School. For parents, meanwhile, this time of the year is reserved for last-minute back to school shopping, but there is another important task you should consider: safety. As a parent, it is natural to worry about your child’s safety.
“Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning free of crime and violence,” says a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Incidents of school violence are on the rise. According to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, in 2012 students between the ages of 12 and 18 suffered 1,364,900 nonfatal victimizations: 615,600 victims of theft and 749,200 victims of violence.
Back to School Safety Tips for Students
Below are just a few back to school safety tips to help keep your son or daughter safe.
Riding the Bus
- The National Safety Council recommends that parents walk their children to the bus stop.
- Stand six feet away from the curb.
- Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before walking toward it.
- If you need to cross the road in front of a bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet in front of the driver. Otherwise, you may not be visible. As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t see the bus driver, they probably can’t see you.
- Once the bus is in motion, remain seated.
- To prevent back injuries, choose an ergonomically designed backpack. Not just one that looks nice.
- Always use both straps.
- Don’t overload your backpack. Only pack what you need and place the heavier items in first.
- A backpack should never weigh more than 10-20% of a child’s body weight.
- Teach your child how to respond to bullying: “I do not like what you are doing” or “Please do not talk to me like that.”
- Encourage your child to ask an adult for help.
- As a parent, alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
Back to School Safety Tips for Schools
Isn’t it time we provided a safer environment for our students? Unfortunately, most schools have invested in reactive security measures – security cameras, security guards, panic buttons, etc. What we really need is a proactive way to deal with school violence.
“Reactive answers continue to be the mainstream argument with politicians and the media, and these tired solutions are not working, said Jason Wells of Defender Training and Consulting L.L.C. “It is only through proactive, positive interventions with our youth, identifying conditions early on through behavioral observations and assessments, that we will be able to prevent the manifestation of threat-related behavior later in life.”
The solution: Threat Assessment Training
Threat assessment is a proactive tool for parents, teachers, and school administrators to help them recognize the warning signs of potential school violence, and teach them what to do in the event that a risk presents itself. With proper training, we can stop school violence before it happens.
Threat Assessment Training from Defender LLC
Defender is a privately operated, woman-owned business that proudly employs veterans of the U.S. Military to provide schools the best in threat assessment training. We train K-12 teachers school staffs, and communities in identifying behaviors in the student body that may be of a concerning nature. Furthermore, we train these individuals on how to deal with these situations in a positive and proactive manner. Our system is called OA2, which stands for Observe, Assess, and Act. We believe this to be the best tool in the fight against school violence.
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