SCHOOL SAFETY

School safety is a critical priority for all parents, educators, students, and community members that should not be taken for granted. Virginia PTA supports:

  • Physical building improvements to provide secure entry identification and regular school building safety audits
  • Memorandums of Understanding with local law enforcement agencies, training programs for School Resource Officers and funding for SRO grant programs that support local control.
  • Proactive communication to parents at the start of the school year regarding threat assessment protocols, emergency preparation drills, crisis response procedures and re-unification protocols.
  • Authorizing the CDC to research on firearms safety and gun violence prevention
  • Provide parents and families with an annual, comprehensive understanding of indicators of school crime and safety, including data on school shootings across the nation.
  • Grants for coordinated community violence intervention initiatives in communities disproportionately impacted by homicides and community violence, including job training and workforce programs
  • Background checks to be required on all firearm sales, closing the gun show and online sales loopholes

PTA POSITIONS & RESOLUTIONS

VIRGINIA SCHOOL SAFETY DATA

SUPPORTING STUDENTS

There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to talking with your children about a crisis. Below are tips and resources that your family may find helpful
✳️ Monitor media intake
✳️ Listen & be open to questions
✳️ Reassure and validate feelings
✳️ Be honest & share your perceptions
✳️ Consider taking a comforting action together (looking for age-appropriate information together, writing letters... )
HELPFUL ARTICLES
 

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