BackgroundEfforts to improve school climate, safety, and learning are inextricably linked. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe, welcome, and supported. These efforts must be designed, funded, and implemented as a comprehensive schoolwide approach including:
- parent and community engagement;
- best practices on crisis prevention and training;
- adequate staffing levels; and
- a fully integrated, multitiered system of supports (e.g., school-based behavioral, mental health, and social services) for students.
Take ActionNAESP pushes for federal policy prescriptions to improve school-based mental health and school safety programs, including resources for principals and school personnel to improve access to mental health and to stop school violence before it happens.Visit NAESP’s Advocacy Action Center to see how you can support your students and school.
Did You Know?
NAESP Statement on Passage of the American Rescue PlanRead More
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When Grieving Students Trigger AdultsCommunicator, November 2020, Volume 44, Issue 3Read More
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