Back to School Safety
It is “that” time of year again. Students are heading back to school and it’s hard to determine who is more excited, the students or the parents! Students have their pens and paper and their outfits for the first day of school, but have you thought about safety and what you need to do to prepare for a safe school year? A small amount of planning now can help everyone have a more pleasant and safer experience for the entire school year and beyond. SAVE Promise Clubs nationwide are encouraged to lead their school sites in safety activities.
Listed are some suggestions to begin the school year on a positive note while working towards a safer school and community. Let the beginning of the school year be a time to concentrate on new SAVE activities, fewer cases of violence in and around the school and community and the safety of those around you.
Top 5 Activity Ideas:
- Conduct the “Warm Welcome” Activities from Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello Program
- Host a Name Tag Day where everyone in the school wears a name tag and you greet others by name.
- Ask students to create 30 second videos answering the question “What makes you feel safe at school?” Share on social media using #SchoolSafetyFirst
- Create a Back to School Safety brochure or tip sheet for students
- Utilize Sandy Hook Promise’s free Safety Assessment and Intervention Program to (a) identifying threats, signs and signals to commit a violent act, (b) determining the seriousness of the threat, sign or signal, and (c) developing intervention plans that protect potential victims that address the underlying problem or conflict that initiated the behavior.
- Start With Hello Week is September 23-27! Register now to receive your free planning guide, power point, and more!
- Tips for Parents
Other Suggested Activities:
- Aid school administration by developing a presentation for the student body on school rules
- Establish a “Fight Free Days” program at your school.
- Hold a kickoff get together for club officers prior to the start of school. Ideas include: SAVE picnic on school grounds, or a tailgate party in school parking lot
- Create and hang posters sharing your clubs meeting time and place, inviting all age students to attend the first meeting.
- Have a SAVE Promise Club flyer placed in the school registration packet. Announce meetings over the PA system inviting everyone to attend and announcing planned activities.