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7 Ways to Celebrate and Thank Teachers this Teacher Appreciation Week

Safe and Sound Schools is proud to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week – an opportunity for communities to come together to recognize the important work teachers do in contributing to the education and safety of our children.  As professionals tasked with inspiring young minds and laying the foundation for future leaders and professionals, teachers often go […]

Major Cybersecurity Threats and Challenges Schools are Facing Today

Recently our Co-Founder, Michele Gay, sat down for a Q&A session with Chris Noell, Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering for Raptor Technologies to discuss the many cybersecurity challenges schools face today. The following is an abridged version of the conversation. Michele: Thanks for joining me today, Chris. I’m eager to hear your expert perspective on […]

Participating in School Safety Drills as a Person with Autism

We are thrilled to feature this blog from one of our favorite writers!  Jeff Snyder is a neurodiversity advocate, speaker, and writer who shares his personal journey and experiences as a person with autism.  This eye-opening piece from Jeff teaches about the challenges of participating in school safety drills as a person with autism and […]

5 Questions Everyone Should Ask About School Safety and Security

School safety is a process, not a product. It takes a village – students, parents, teachers, Student Resource Officers (SROs), custodians, lunch ladies, counselors—everyone has to be involved. Safe and Sound Schools’ comprehensive school safety framework identifies six key components to school safety and security: mental and behavioral health; health and wellness; physical safety and security; culture, […]


“Especially Safe” program created in response to research demonstrating lack of school safety protocols inclusive of those with special needs. SANDY HOOK, Conn.—Safe and Sound Schools announces the launch of Especially Safe, a training program and companion teaching guide designed to help schools better meet the needs of students, teachers, and other staff with special […]

Navigating a New Era in School Safety

Recently our Co-Founder, Michele Gay, caught up with Thom Jones, Senior Vice President of Threat Detection and Prevention for Navigate360, the Premier Partner for Safe and Sound School’s recent 2021 National Virtual Summit on School Safety. The following is an abridged version of their conversation. Michele: First, thank you for joining me, Thom. We’re so […]

Staying the Course: A Message from Michele

If you are feeling like time has been hard to track this past year (and the year before), you’re not alone. We’ve all juggled an enormous amount of emotion, stress, and uncertainty this year—on personal and professional fronts. Pressing on in slow motion and somehow sprinting in fast forward at the same time. A “blur,” […]

Educators Thrive in the Classroom

By Scarlett Lewis Scarlett Lewis, Sandy Hook mother and Founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™, will speak at this year’s National Summit on School Safety, October 26-28. Scarlett will join a lineup of over 30 school safety leaders and change-makers to share her life’s mission, and how the power of social and emotional learning (SEL) can change and save lives. […]

In The News: Teachers union president signals personal support for vaccine mandates

The second largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is considering a vaccine mandate for teachers in schools. AFT leadership originally said that vaccinations should be voluntary, but that “circumstances have [now] changed.” Read on for more about a potential policy change for teachers on the way. Randi Weingarten, president of the American […]