Let's Talk about School Safety
Craig Divis is a Social Studies teacher and Department Chair at Bellows Falls Union High School. He was named the 2010 Vermont Teacher of the Year and was also recognized as a 2011-2012 Fulbright Distinguished Teacher. Craig also works with the Governor's Institute on Asian Cultures.
One of the many things that I love about teaching is how schools are viewed as nurturing, supportive, and safe places for students. However, this does not naturally happen as all the stakeholders in education play an important role in creating this type of environment, including parents, teachers, and community members.
Our school has a whole range of policies and procedures in place to make the students safe within the school, but there are things that teachers, students, and parents can do on a daily basis to help keep our schools safe and nurturing learning environments. As teachers, we need to be active in this regard by showing all of our students with our positive enthusiasm and never-give-up attitudes that we are excited about working with them as we may be the best part of their day. Having this approach to students in your classroom, in the hallway, or in the lunchroom goes a long way in creating a place where students feel safe and supported. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and teachers can create the learning environment that they want in their school.
It is when students feel supported and positive about learning that takes care of a lot of other school safety issues, from bullying and harassment to school violence. Every teacher has the power to create the type of environment that we want for our students.
Page Last Updated on July 8, 2014