Fostering a Safe School Environment: What Administrators Can Do to Support Students

“When an emergency such as a school shooting occurs, the next few days and following weeks are filled with moments of silence, candle light vigils, and memorial services. As the weeks go by, these events slowly dissipate, and the school is left to try to figure out how to endure the months and years to come.

Schools are most effective at creating safe environments for their students when they proactively encourage students to talk about how they are feeling and promote openness and active listening. Most importantly, we want students and the academic community to know that it is OK to not feel OK.”

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