Home > Kids > Childhood Safety > School Safety > School Safety Checklist
|

School Safety Checklist

Developed by Education Development Center, Inc.

School safety is everyone's business. The best safety effort will involve all aspects of your child's school, including classroom instruction, school services, and the school climate.

If you're like many parents, the very idea of "school safety" is overwhelming and frightening. Do your kids feel safe at school? What's the school doing to keep its students safe? Use this list of questions to find out if you school could be doing more.

Getting Started

  • Take this checklist with you to your next PTO meeting and review it with other parents.

  • Ask a group of parents to fill it. You can then present it to the principal.

  • Fill it out with your child.

  • Send it to your local school board for its consideration.

    The List

    1. Is student safety a priority for your school and your community?

    2. Do parents have access to reports that include information about the number of violent or other unsafe incidents at the school?

    3. Does your school have procedures for responding quickly to unsafe situations?

    4. Is your school addressing ways to prevent as well as respond to crises?

    5. Are the school board, school principal, school superintendent, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and community professionals all involved in these efforts?

    6. Has someone been designated to coordinate activities to maintain a safe and healthy environment?

    7. Are counselors and psychologists available to work with students who are troubled or disruptive?

    8. Do students in all grades participate in classes to help them develop conflict resolution and other life skills?

    9. Do school health service providers help or refer students who come to them with concerns about safety?

    10. Does the school emphasize promoting self-esteem and respect for others in all aspects of the school program?

    11. Are parents and students involved in activities that promote school safety?

    12. Are teachers encouraged to set examples of positive physical, social, and emotional health?

    13. Does the school have fair, firm, consistent discipline policies?

    14. Are school facilities attractive and hazard-free?

    15. Is safety addressed in all aspects of the school program-the cafeteria, physical education, classrooms, playgrounds, after-school programs, etc.?

    16. Do school staff, parents, and community members working on school safety collaborate?
    |

  • stay connected

    Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

    Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

    Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

    editor’s picks

    get ready for school!

    We’ve got your
    shopping list,
    lunch menu,
    and more.

    GO

    highlights

    Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

    7 Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
    Looking for classic outdoor games kids can play in the driveway or on the sidewalk, just like the good ol' days? From hopscotch to bubble-blowing contests, there's something for all ages!

    Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
    Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

    Best Sun Safety Practices for Babies
    Follow these sun safety practices for babies to ensure your little one stays safe on the beach and on sunny days all year long.