Sometimes the world can be a scary place for children.
Teachers understand that their students come from a multitude of home experiences. While many students come from safe, loving, supportive homes; an increasing amount of our students come from households that are stressful, intimidating, and maybe even dangerous. Single-parent households have risen from 16% in 1980 to 26% in 2014. Five percent of households have no parent. (source) Child abuse (including child sexual abuse) unfortunately continues to plague our nation with 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys being sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. 16 million adults and nearly 700,000 children (12 - 17 years old) have Alcohol Use Disorder. 3400 children are killed or injured in 2015 due to a gun crime.
When our students walk into our schools, we want them to know that school is a safe place. We will do everything we can to keep you safe. School safety is at the top of every principal's list and every teacher's list (after Learning) when it comes to our public schools. Regardless of your home situation, school is a place for students to feel safe. This is important because every needs someone to talk to when they are anxious or worried or scared. When their world is uncertain and the TV and internet is filled with violence and horror and sometimes hate, students of all ages need a place to feel safe.
Safety is a source of pride for educators. Protecting students and giving them the tools to make good decisions is our goal. We strive to be a place of solace; a place with people you can talk to; a place with people who will help you no matter what problems you may have.
We welcome students everyday.
We protect students everyday.