Entries by safesound

In The News: Defunded, Removed, and Put in Check: School Police a Year After George Floyd

Since George Floyd’s death in May 2020, some school districts have eliminated or reduced their school police presence – a change that would affect about 1.65 million students across the country. As some schools evaluate and take action on school resource officers, teacher diversity, anti-racist training, and other related issues, the pandemic school year provides […]

In The News: Illinois Tackles Anti-Asian Hate With the TEAACH Act

Here at Safe and Sound Schools, we’ve been keeping a close eye on Illinois’ Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act. The legislation will require schools there to teach Asian American history in the US, and is now heading to the governor’s desk. Read on for more details. Illinois is poised to become the […]

In The News: Masks, Tracking, Desk Shields: How Much Do School Measures Reduce Families’ COVID-19 Risk?

As vaccine distribution accelerates reopening, schools across the country are preparing to return to full-time, in-person learning next school year. But how well do COVID safety measures in the classroom protect students, teachers, and their families from the virus? Here’s a breakdown of the research. While relatively few schools experienced widescale outbreaks during the pandemic, […]

School Safety Experts Release Updated Guidance on Conducting Armed Assailant Drills in Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bethesda, MD—The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), and Safe and Sound Schools (SASS) have partnered to release updated guidance on conducting armed assailant drills in schools. The author organizations represent key stakeholders in school safety and crisis planning, preparedness, and implementation. This includes […]

In The News: Schools in the U.S. should continue to use masks, CDC advises

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated adults can resume indoor and outdoor activities (except travel) without masks or distancing. However, soon after the big news, the CDC clarified that schools should continue proper mask-wearing and covid protocols through the 2020-2021 school year. Read on for more. The Centers for Disease […]

In The News: Schools Are Open, but Many Families Remain Hesitant to Return

You’ve heard of vaccine hesitancy. Now experts are coining the term “school hesitancy” to describe students and families hesitant to return to in-person learning despite their schools being open. While there are different reasons behind school hesitancy, some see it as an educational and social crisis that will have a lasting impact through the school […]

In The News: ‘Radiating Love And Positivity’ While Teaching In The Pandemic

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day, and today our educators deserve more recognition than ever before. It’s been a year since teachers were handed an unprecedented request: educate students in entirely new ways amid the backdrop of a pandemic. In this comic series, NPR illustrates one teacher’s powerful story of dedication through crisis. Shameem Patel, a second-grade […]

In The News: Is it legal to require a COVID-19 vaccine for colleges and schools?

Now that every American 16 and older is eligible to get vaccinated, colleges and universities are announcing vaccine requirements for students to attend in-person learning this Fall. Is that legal? Will we see similar mandates in elementary and high schools? This article explains more. Colleges and universities across the country are starting to require students […]

Know the Facts: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Did you know April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)? Observed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, school communities, survivors, allies, and many others, this national campaign is an opportunity to address the issue of sexual assault, while educating, raising awareness, and empowering others to take a stand against sexual violence. This SAAM, we […]