With the school year starting, violence is a big concern for parents, students and school administrators. The Chicago Public Schools have developed a school safety, prevention, emergency plan that is followed in every school. Parents need to inquiry on what their school plans are so if something does happen they will not be in the dark on the schools procedures.
Violence in a school setting refers to a broad range of troubled behaviors, both emotional and physically from inside and/or outside of the school. Creating a safe school requires the involvement of all, staff, students, parents, and concerned community members. All have a personal responsibility to help reduce the risk, have a eye open for early warning signs, identify students and staff that may be headed for trouble, provide help when needed, and be prepared to respond in a crisis situation.
Effective school safety involves discussing safety issues openly and letting students express the concerns freely. Parents can help by teaching their children they are responsible for their actions and will be held accountable for their choices. Parents should not be afraid to ask for help or except outside help for issues they can not solve themselves. School staff needs to remember the parents are the primary educator and discuss any problem issues with them in a supportive way. Parents and school staff need to form a partnership to provide effective school safety.