Safety in school is a big concern. Parents and education professionals alike are looking for new ways to keep their children safe while learning. Researching and preparing to take the necessary precautions to keep kids safe should be a top priority for those who either have children or are caretakers of children.
How can parents ensure that their children are safe at school? Parents can do their own research as well as talk with school personnel about school safety. Parents also have the option of volunteering at their child’s school. Volunteering allows parents to get to know the staff and discover many things about their child’s school. When parents get involved in their children’s education, the parents could see for themselves whether their child’s current school is a right fit for them or not. Here are a few suggestions that parents could research or get involved in their child’s education:
- Ask for parent-teacher meeting
- Research the history of your child’s school
- Make sure that your child is eating healthy
- Ask your children about their experience in school
- Get involved in your child’s education
- Be supportive of your child’s educational and recreational interests
- Ask for a tour of your child’s school
Ask for a parent-teacher meeting: Call and schedule a specific date and time to talk with your child’s teacher. There are quarterly parent-teacher conferences that teachers request parents to visit the school for one-on-one time with their students’ parents. Parents could request additional time to talk with teachers about their child’s school performance, behavior and other factors relating to school.
Research the history of your child’s school: Parents could research the neighborhood library or the Internet to do their own personal research. Research for relevant information like when the school was built, accreditation, reputation, sports teams, recreation, community awareness, unfortunate events (tragedies, fatalities, etc), or other important information about the school.
Make sure that your child is eating healthy: Ask your child’s school about food and nutrition. Research your child’s weekly and monthly school lunch menu. Also, ask the school about forbidden food items that may not be allowed on school premises. For example, if you pack your child’s lunch, certain foods may not be allowed (unhealthy snacks, drinks, allergies, etc).
Ask your children about their experience in school: This should be a top priority for parents and guardians. Asking your children about their experience in school opens the way for communication. Let your children know how concerned you are with their overall educational experience. When you open the communication lines between you and your child, you may discover some positive and negatives about their experience. For example, if your child is being bullied, your child may not know how to come and talk to you about them experiencing bullying. Taking some time to talk with your children is a valuable and priceless way of spending time with family.
Get involved in your child’s education: When your child see you getting involved with their learning experience, you are letting your children know that you value education.
Be supportive of your child’s educational and recreational interests: If your child is a great student, support your child by encouraging them to learn more. Take your child to a museum or cultural event. If your child is struggling in a particular subject, invest both time and money into hiring a tutor for your child. If your child loves to participate in recreational activities or sports, encourage them to participate in their school’s club or sports team.
Ask for a tour of your child’s school: Parents are given a tour of their child’s prospective school when they are researching schools for their children. You may need to re-visit your child’s school in order to discover whether or not your child’s school is safe or not. For example, tour your child’s school to observe fire alarms, entrance and exit doors. These elements are important when an emergency occurs. Ask staff about emergency issues pertaining to your child’s school. Also, ask staff about policies relating to school. Sometimes policies may change. You want to be sure that you are aware of any changes.
Making sure that you research and get involved in your child’s education is important. It can relieve stress from your life. More importantly, it keeps an open line of communication between yourself, your child, the staff, and the school. Safety is a top priority for a thriving society.