Students learn best and achieve their full potential in safe and orderly classrooms. This positive academic environment begins with safe families and safe communities.
Statistically, schools continue to be one of the most secure places for our children. As Americans, we have no tolerance for violence at school. That’s why the Association is working as part of the greater society and in our individual neighborhoods to improve the safety in our schools.
Some argue for "hard" responses such as metal detectors, added security personnel and zero-tolerance for weapons possession. Others favor "soft" solutions that include more counseling, conflict-resolution programs, and better communications between school and home.
It will take a combination of both approaches, administered with reason and centered in respect, to keep our children— with the education employees who work in our schools—from harm.
How NEA Is Working for Safe Schools
NEA and its affiliates are working to address the root causes of violence among students. Toward that end, we are sharing effective strategies to:
- Reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment
- Expand access to counseling, anger management and peer mediation
- Provide ways for students to communicate with adults about rumors and threats
- Develop instruction that teaches values like respect and responsibility, and expand opportunities for kids to work with adult role models in after-school education and recreation programs.
Through its Safe Schools Program, NEA works with other national organizations to advocate for safe schools and communities and to create a positive learning environment for all students. NEA maintains a clearinghouse on school safety, provides technical assistance to affiliates, funds state and local projects, and delivers school safety workshops and training. Among the topics addressed: safe environments, emergency preparedness, community coalitions, and positive school-community relations.
Click here for more information on NEA’s positions and policies regarding school safety.
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