With summer in full swing, this is typically a time to take a break from our daily routines. But the tragedies over the last few months likely sent many off into their school year break more reflective than ever. Especially about how to recover, heal, and begin anew in the fall with a profound sense of safety and security in places of learning.
The attention to and investments in safety and security programs in schools is top of mind and agenda, without question. There are large scale infrastructure improvements being made, such as locking mechanisms, communications systems, and identification protocols. There are also reviews of lockdown drills, proposed audits of safety plans, and enhanced staff training. All of these are critical and help make up a comprehensive safety and security program, however these are all relative in nature. Implementing proactive approaches to awareness of potential threats of harm could be one of the strongest measures schools can take.