2019 ‘State of School Safety’ Report Identifies Americans’ Top-Three Safety Concerns in Schools

Safe and Sound Schools delivers State of School Safety Report 2019,
detailing the latest information about school safety issues and
recommendations on June 11, 2019.

NEWTOWN, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#safeandsoundschoolsSafe
and Sound Schools
, a national school safety non-profit, today
released its State of School Safety Report 2019, in collaboration
with Boston University College of Communication. The report includes
results from a national survey, as well as contributed analysis and
interpretation from national experts across six key areas: mental and
behavioral health; health and wellness; physical environment; school
law, policy, and finance; culture, climate, and community; and
operations and emergency management.


“Our mission is to protect every school and every student, every day,”
said Michele Gay, co-founder and executive director of Safe and Sound
Schools. “The State of School Safety Report furthers that mission
each year. With the support of faculty and students at Boston University
College of Communication, we were able to conduct nationally-fielded
surveys and gain a deeper understanding of the current views on school
safety from all parties involved. We hope that the 2019 Report
will provide more insight into the progress our school communities have
made, but more importantly, patterns that point to where we are falling
short on a national level.”

Safe and Sound Schools surveyed perceptions of school safety among five
groups: students in middle and high school, parents, educators, public
safety officials, and community members. This report’s findings identify
several school safety issues that need to be addressed.

In the results pertaining to safety threats, all stakeholders were asked
to identify from a list of 10 issues, the top-three threats they were
most concerned about in schools. While the threat of an active shooter
remains the top concern for students and parents in 2019, “mental health
emergencies” rose to the top of the list for educators, public safety
officials, and general community members.

Secondary concerns were “bullying” and “an intruder” for educators and
parents; students chose “mental health emergencies;” and “active
shooter” for public safety officials and community members.

The third-most concerning threat for public safety officials and
students surveyed was “an intruder;” “mental health emergency” for
parents; “active shooter” for educators; and “drug/ alcohol abuse” for
community members.

In addition to survey data and further exploration of school safety
issues, the State of School Safety Report 2019 provides strategic
recommendations and steps schools can take to close the gap between
stakeholder perceptions to improve school safety.

For more information, view
the full ‘State of School Safety’ Report 2019
.

A donation from Bark
helped fund the Safe and Sound Schools team’s time to review results,
coordinate external reviews, and prepare the final report. Status
Solutions
supported the presentation and distribution of this
research.

About Safe and Sound Schools

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in 2013,
following the tragic deaths of their children at Sandy Hook Elementary
School. Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental
health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure
the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit
delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and
resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the
school community. Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing
needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and
training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more
information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

Contacts

Azia Celestino
Safe and Sound Schools
acelestino@safeandsoundschools.org

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