Securing safe, secure and peaceful learning environments for students.
New report gives educators another voice to use to protect students
Although they may be disappointed with the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass comprehensive school safety legislation last week, educators nationwide are vowing to continue to fight and acknowledging that protecting our students and public schools from gun violence will be a long battle.
Check out a new NEA member-written report on keeping students, staff and school communities safe.
The VIVA (Voices Ideas Vision Action) Idea Exchange is one way NEA has lifted up members’ voices and recommendations on this critical issue.
Over the past 3 months, hundreds of members participated in this online pilot project, sharing ideas and having conversations with each other. From there, VIVA selected 11 educators to join the writing of the detailed report “Sensible Solutions for Safe Schools.” (pdf)
Katie Lyles is an elementary school art teacher in Colorado. She was also a student during the shooting rampage at Columbine High School, which occurred April 20, 1999.
Lyles says it has been 14 years, but the wounds are reopened every time she hears about another senseless tragedy like the one in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Lyles is asking educators to speak up for students by calling 866-331-SAFE (7233) to ask lawmakers to support common-sense gun violence prevention laws.
NEA Health Information Network Resources
NEA-HIN School Crisis Guide
Talking to Children about Violence
Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.
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