OSPI School Safety Tips for September 2022

Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor, School Safety Center, OSPI
Sep 07, 2022

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National Preparedness Month

In 2002, our state legislature recognized that comprehensive district and school safety plans are of paramount importance and help to assure students, parents, guardians, school employees, and school administrators that our schools provide the safest possible learning environment.

This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is A Lasting LegacyThe life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family. I think it’s safe to add: “ and your whole school community.”

Along with the comprehensive school safety planning resources found on our School Safety Center Safety Planning Toolkit page, here are some additional preparedness resources you can use and share with staff, students and families:

Remember, focusing on school safety helps create a learning environment that positively impacts behavior, attendance/drop-out rates, and academic achievement.  It involves planning for the prevention, mitigation, protection, response to, and recovery from various natural, physical, social/human-caused, biological, and technological threats and hazards to the school and the entire school community. And again, in school, this translates into improved attendance, better engagement, higher academic achievement, and increased student well-being.

Be prepared. Stay safe.

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