March 1 is Deadline for School Site Safety Plan Update, Supt. Torlakson Reminds Educators
Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is reminding schools that each has until March 1 to review and update a “comprehensive school safety plan.” The law requires the plan to cover items ranging from bullying prevention to disaster preparedness.
“School climate has a real and lasting effect on a student’s ability to learn,” Supt. Torlakson said. “Nothing is more important than our students’ safety, and preparation is one of the first and most important steps a school can take in creating a more positive school climate.”
The State Department of Education (CDE) cites three items that can help schools meet the requirement. A new School Safety Plan Self-Monitoring Tool (DOC) provides a checklist of items a safety plan must include to comply with the law. The CDE’s newly revised School Safety Elements and Resources offers ways to improve school climate and safety. The CDE also offers suggestions for students, parents, the community, and law enforcement on how to Improve Collaboration on School Safety Issues.
School safety has been an important focus of CTA’s efforts. Spearheaded by a State Council of Education committee – the School Safety/School Management Committee – CTA has backed legislation designed to make schools safer, whether the issue involves protecting students from environmental hazards or threats posed by individuals.
CTA also is working to help minority youngsters succeed in school and in careers through its Boys and Men of Color program that is supported by the California Endowment.
Click here for more information on the CTA State Council safety panel.