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Preparing for Emergencies at School

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While we may not like to think about it, traumatic events will happen at schools. These may include things such as fights, fires, bomb threats, and more serious acts of violence. It is too easy to say that it will never happen at our school and in our district. The reality is that it can happen in any community.

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The Need for School Based Therapy

school therapy mental health

Students across the country are experiencing an increase in mental health concerns. Those working in schools know that outside health concerns of a child impact their day to day academic learning. While the ideal situation may have been for children to head to a doctor or therapist outside of the school day, the reality is it can’t always happen. This is why many schools are leaning toward a school-based therapy approach. With guardian permission, kids are able to work with healthcare professionals to get needed therapy within the school day. Taking therapists out of their clinics and putting them into school makes it more affordable and convenient.

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Empowering Kindness Over Bullying

kindness over bullying

Bullying is one of the biggest problems that schools across the country face across all age levels. Most children can tell you a time that they were bullied before they go to middle school. The frequency of the incidents increases as students enter their teen years. While it is easy to state that you have a no tolerance policy for bullying, more needs to be done. School counselors and social workers need to work together to empower students to spread kindness over bullying.

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School Training for Gender Diversity Sensitivity

gender equality

Gender equality in schools is not enough this day in age. We now need to be able to address and work with students who do not identify as a male or female. It is imperative that all staff members get training on how to work on being gender neutral. It may be hard to adjust at first, but the importance of this for those students who feel on the outside will be well worth it. Much of this process will focus on putting all students in the driver seat of their success. No gender stereotypes will hold back any child if this process is done properly.

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Protecting Students from Sexual Harassment and Assault

protect students from sexual harassment

Schools are supposed to be safe havens for students of all ages. Unfortunately for some, they have become places where they are sexually harassed and assaulted. The #MeToo social media campaign for women included many incidences from current and former students who have been victimized in a school setting. The purpose of the #MeToo campaign is to empower women and remind them that they should not be embarrassed to share their stories. Many adults noted that they still felt guilty about not reporting the events when they happened. They worry that they gave more power to their perpetrator to hurt additional victims.

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