In the wake of the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the nation is focused on ensuring schools are safe. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) recommends enacting comprehensive policies and practices that support school and community safety and protection and commonsense gun violence prevention measures.
Ensuring the safety of our nation’s children and youth, educators and schools is a priority for CEC. As the country looks to policymakers for leadership to address the issue of safety in our schools and communities, CEC supports an approach that addresses both prevention and response; is rooted in research and evidence; addresses mental health services for students and confronts the stigma of mental health challenges; and ensures an adequate number of personnel who are trained to address the complex needs of students with mental health challenges.
The following school safety resources from CEC focus on policy and practice solutions on the federal, state and local level:
- CEC’s School and Community Based Mental Health Issue Brief
- CEC’s Policy on Safe and Positive School Climate
- CEC’s TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC) article, Supporting Students With Disabilities During School Crises