School safety is more than being prepared for emergencies. It is a day-to-day concern that should be addressed proactively rather than reactively.
The first and greatest responsibility of schools, administrators and educators is to keep their students safe.
Our schools should be sanctuaries for learning. Secure, welcoming school environments are essential for effective teaching and learning, and every school should have what is needed to keep everyone safe and meet students’ needs. Sadly, disruptive and violent episodes are commonplace in classrooms across the country, and New York is no exception, with school safety concerns on the rise. To compound these issues, the threat of mass violence has increased as the scourge of mass shootings continues to infiltrate our schools.
Together, we can find solutions to restore safety and well-being for our students.