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Health and Safety

PTAs play a crucial role in ensuring schools are safe environments.  PTAs and schools can also partner to effectively support healthy lifestyles for students, their families, and educators. 

VAPTA is committed to the health and safety of every child, providing programming, training, advocacy, tools, and resources.  We also partner with key statewide organizations who share our commitment to healthy and safe schools.

The work to ensure healthy and safe schools encompasses a wide range of areas and topics such as building safety, threat assessment and emergency response, lock down drills, school climate, food security, mental health, substance misuse, vaping, nutrition, exercise, suicide prevention, internet safety, trauma informed care, and social-emotional learning.

Advocating for Safe and Healthy Schools

To learn more about VAPTA’s position statements, resolutions, and letters on public policy related to health and safety, click here.  Recent resolutions include school gardens, the sale of competitive foods during school hours, and the frequency of lock down drills. 

Publications and Fact Sheets

PTA Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools
Recognize. Talk. Act. Suicide Prevention Tips and Resources for Schools

Statewide Resources

Virginia Department of Education, Student and School Support
Cover Virginia
Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
School Nutrition Association of Virginia
Virginia Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (VOSAP)
Virginia Health Care Foundation- Behavioral Health Care
Virginia Association of Community Services Boards
Mental Health America of Virginia
NAMI Virginia
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Voices for Virginia’s Children- Mental Health
Virginia’s Trauma Informed Community Networks
Virginia Department of Health Suicide Prevention
Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center, Virginia Health Indicators

VAPTA Advocacy Afternoon Webinars on Health and Safety

Trauma Informed Care During COVID-19
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention During COVID-19

National PTA Family Resources


National PTA Programs

 Mental Health
 Healthy Lifestyles.

National PTA Featured Webinars

Take Action to Improve Mental Health Support
Food Insecurity Series