Safety in Schools
The safety of children in schools is of paramount concern both to those who work in the school and to the parents of the children. There are many different aspects of safety that need to be considered. Just some of these include arriving and leaving school, using equipment and apparatus, safety on the school site and the impact of children’s behavior on safety.
There are plenty of ways for parents to get involved in safety issues in school and it is important for those working in education to make sure they invite the views and ideas of parents. One way that they can do this is to have parent representatives on the Parent Teachers Association (PTA). These representatives take a lead role in making the school aware of the views of parents regarding the safety of children in the school. The representative also acts as a key communicator in relaying information to parents about what the school intends to do to ensure the safety of children at all times.
Holding regular meetings for any parents who wish to attend is a great way for them to have the opportunity to express their views and suggest ideas to improve safety in schools. Getting parents who have different views together is a good way to share thoughts and develop strategies for improving safety. These meetings can be held on a regular basis or as and when there is a particular safety concern worthy of discussion.
Surveys can be a way to get parents involved who are not available to attend meetings. You can send surveys and questionnaires out in the form of a letter so that you can gather the different opinions of parents. There should be a section for parents to add any other comments. Similarly, you can send out an electronic survey or questionnaire if the school has a parent/ teacher email system. The results of the surveys or questionnaires can then be collated to find out if there are particular areas that are concerning parents.
Newsletters are a fantastic way to keep parents informed about any general safety issues that are causing concern in the school. If there are potential safety issues, then it is the right of all parents to be made aware of this, regardless of whether they have the time to attend school meetings. For example, if the school is concerned about the manner in which children are dropped off by their parents in the mornings, the newsletter can raise this concern and suggest solutions to the problem that will result in better safety for the children.
A Collaborative Approach to Safety
The safety of children while they are at school is important to both educational professionals and to parents. For this reason, it is essential that they adopt a collaborative approach to ensuring the safety of the children so they can enjoy their education without the risk of harm. When people are willing to work together, it is more likely that better results will be achieved.