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Blog Tour: School Safety and Positive Social Emotional Learning (SEL): 2018 National Healthy Schools Day

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As part of National Healthy Schools Day today, AASA Children’s Programs Department is hosting a blog tour on school safety to help stimulate conversation on healthy schools and positive SEL, in response to the debate surrounding our schools in light of recent violence in Florida and elsewhere.

Join the Conversation

Join the conversation today on social media by using the hashtag #HealthySchoolsDay. Post blogs, videos and photos on what a safe learning environment looks like to you. Be sure to tag @AASATotalChild so we can share your posts.

 If you would like to post a blog, we encourage you to answer one or both of the following questions:

  1.  Considering the continued threat of gun violence in our schools, what does a healthy school look like to you today? Have school shootings altered your view of what it means to be a healthy school?
  2.  How can school system leaders help children in their district feel safe, as well as have their physical and social-emotional needs met in a healthy school environment?

Resources and Events 

In response to the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, AASA has assembled a set of resources to support school system leaders.

These resources include an excellent guide on "Talking To Children About Terrorist Attacks and School and Community Shootings In the News" from our partner, the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. Access the resource library.

In late March, the National Prevention Science Coalition (NPSC) organized a Congressional Briefing on School Violence, Safety and Well-Being: A Comprehensive Approach.” You can view the briefing here.

Dr. David Schonfeld, who was one of the expert panelists, is the director of AASA’s partner, the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. He discussed how people process grief in a variety of ways from denial to anger. 

Lauren Hogg, a 14-year-old student who survived the Parkland shooting, gave an emotional account of her experience of what happened to her and her classmates before, during and after the shooting. Dr. Julie Phillips Pollack, the stepmother of Meadow Pollack, who was one of the 17 killed during the shooting, talked about what this tragedy and loss meant to her as both a parent and how it impacted her in her job as an emergency physician.

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