School Safety


Beginning with the End in Mind

The desired outcome in any school is the academic success of students whose social and emotional well-being not only support them to personal achievement but who also value the community to which the belong, acting in all ways as a contributing and supportive members of that community. 

Establishing policies and procedures to ensure safety in schools is a way to lay the foundation for a safe and secure environment. However, the daily practice of reminding students of the importance of feeling safe and secure is essential in supporting those policies and procedures. 


Some examples of how we remind students of these are:

What if we began each day with these reminders?



What if we took the time to come together as a community and shared, listened, discussed and explored?



What if this simple procedure was the key to establishing and reinforcing the principles that led to a safe and secure learning environment for all? 

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting is designed to bring together every member of the community to begin the day by reminding us that we are here to learn about each other, learn from each other, and open our eyes, minds, and hearts to the value each person brings to the community as we explore life in a variety of ways.

The safety and security of our learning environment are dependent upon how much we:


communicate

understand

share

value

feel


Without these, we are weaker as a community.

Morning Meeting can promote, facilitate and foster the values on which our school's mission and vision are founded, thereby establishing a learning environment in which every person feels safe, secured and valued.



This practice can help ensure that problems such as bullying, violence,  isolation and self-hatred do not infiltrate our school.

So...What Does Morning Meeting Look Like?

The community gathers, with one staff member - teacher, administrator, counselor - as the leader of the day, who provides an activity, a platform for discussion, a vehicle to facilitate conversation, exploration and perhaps a task.


Some ideas for Morning Meeting topics include:

As we look to ensuring safety and security in our schools, we must look to ensuring safety and security in our students, both in the physical environment and, most importantly, within the young people whom we are charged with caring for throughout the day. If we tend to the latter, the former will be much more manageable and come more naturally.

Defining who we are as a school, what we value as a community, and the steps we will take to ensure that will contribute to establishing the environment we desire.

Morning Meeting is just one of may steps we can take to ensure that our students feel safe and secure.


If we begin each day focused on the values we hold highest in our community, then we have made steps in the direction of establishing a safe and secure environment for our students.


Morning Meeting - one way to foster a true community.

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