School Safety Series: Because Right Now Matters Most
Sponsored by: Status Solutions
Because Right Now Matters Most
Today we discuss a sensitive, yet very real topic. What comes to mind when you hear the term “school safety?” More often than not, the answer is fear. Fear of talking about it, fear of bringing it up to other mothers and most of all, fear of something happening to our children while they’re at school. Our children are the most precious gift. We are involved in football games, Girl Scout cookie sales, the book fair, countless permission slips, homecoming dances, packing lunches every day, the list goes on and on. Not being involved in the schools safety and communication program seems foolish.
School safety is not a glamorous topic, but it is a reality that needs to be addressed. With an unsettling rise of violence in schools comes growing concerns of safety for our children. Schools across the country are faced with the challenge of keeping our students and teachers safe while maintaining an environment that promotes learning and social growth. This violence tends to leave us feeling helpless, as if there’s nothing to stop it from happening. This conversation tends put a pit in our stomach, but I think we can all agree this discomfort is a small price to pay for our children’s safety.
School safety should not only be discussed but parents need to take action. Our educators and legislators cannot do this alone and it is time for us, as mothers, to get engaged and take action. As a mother myself, I talk to a lot of moms and we tend to leave these matters to school districts and local authorities. We trust these people, as we should, but we know our kids and we need to think about the total picture and get involved. It is difficult to imagine the pain and emotions loved ones feel after a school tragedy, we owe it to them and to ourselves to learn from their experiences.
Michele Gay lost her daughter, Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012 during the Sandy Hook School shooting, she has taken her experiences and lessons learned on the road. Through her nonprofit organization Safe and Sound Schools, she dedicates her time to help prevent tragedy and shares what she has learned to help us better prepare and respond in the event of an emergency. Status Solutions is proud to sponsor An Evening with Michele Gay, an upcoming event featuring Michele as the keynote speaker. We have a natural will to protect children, educators, and community members from the unsettling world we live in. Michele will be sharing her story in hopes of changing the way you write yours. Don’t we owe it to ourselves to change “I could’ve done something” into “I did something.”?
Please join us for this community event.