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EDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent16www.nea.orgespWeknowthatcertainlocationsinandaroundaschoole.g.bathroomscafeteriasandlockerroomsmaybemoreunsafethanothersandthatstudentsmaybemoreatriskintermsoftheirsafetyjustbeforeandafterschool.Consideringwhatweknowabouttheplacesandtimeswhenstudentsareathigherriskitiscommonsensethatschoolsupportstaffplayakeyroleinschoolsafety.Whetheritisthecomputertechnicalstaffpersonwhorecognizesthataschoolscom-puternetworkisbeingusedforcyberbullyingthebusdriverwhoresolvesaconictbeforeitescalatesintoaghtoracustodianwhomakessurethatdoorstotheschoolbuildingarekeptsecurelylockedfromtheoutsidesupportstaffplayvitalanduniquerolesinpreventingviolenceandkeepingschoolssafe.Thattheycarryoutthisrolesowellisatributetotheirprofessionalismanddedication.HelpingschoolstokeepstudentssafeisachallengethatIfaceasthedirectoroftheOfceofSafeandHealthyStudentsattheU.S.DepartmentofEducation.Andkeepingmyowntwochildrenthird-gradegirlssafeisaworryIhaveincommonwithparentsalloverourcountry.InmyprofessionallifeIhaveavantagepointthatenablesmetobecomfortedbythedatawhichshowthatschoolsaresafernowthantheyhaveeverbeen.AsaparentIamcomfortedknowingthattheentirestaffofdedicatedprofessionalswhoworkinmygirlsschoolaredoingeverythingtheycantoensurethesafetyofmychildrenandallthechildrenthere.Thegoodnewsthatourschoolsareincreasinglysaferistemperedbytheprogressivelycomplexthreatstosafetythatstudentsandstafffaceonadailybasis.Whiletechnolog-icaladvanceshaveenhancedourabilitytoimproveteachingandlearningtheyhavealsoincreasedourchildrensvulnerabilitiesandhastenedtheirentryintoadulthood.Schoolsasself-organizedlearningenvironmentshaverespondedtonewandoldthreatsbywiselyengagingeveryadultintheschoolasequalpartnersintheireffortstokeepstudentssafe.TheRoleoSchoolSupportStafinSchoolSaetyByDavidEsquithDirectoroftheU.S.DepartmentofEducationsOfceofSafeandHealthyStudentsSAFEEachstudentlearnsinanenvironmentthatisphysicallyandemotionallysaeorstudentsandadults.1.Ourschoolbuildinggroundsplaygroundequipmentandvehiclesaresecureandmeetallestablishedsafetyandenvi-ronmentalstandards.2.Ourschoolphysicalplantisattractiveisstructurallysoundhasgoodinternalhallwaysandexternalpedestrianbicycleandmotorvehicletrafficflowincludingforthosewithspecialneedsandisfreeofdefects.3.Ourphysicalemotionalacademicandsocialschoolclimateissafefriendlyandstudent-centered.4.Ourstudentsfeelvaluedrespectedandcaredforandaremotivatedtolearn.5.Ourschoolstaffstudentsandfamilymembersestablishandmaintainschoolandclassroombehavioralexpectationsrulesandroutinesthatteachstudentshowtomanagetheirbehaviorandhelpstudentsimproveproblembehavior.6.Ourschoolprovidesourstudentsstaffandfamilymemberswithregularopportunitiesforlearningandsupportinteachingstudentshowtomanagetheirownbehaviorandrein-forcingexpectationsrulesandroutines.7.Ourschoolteachesmodelsandprovidesopportunitiestopracticesocial-emotionalskillsincludingeffectivelisteningconflictresolutionproblemsolvingpersonalreflectionandresponsibilityandethicaldecisionmaking.8.Ourschoolupholdssocialjusticeandequityconceptsandpracticesmutualrespectforindividualdifferencesatalllevelsofschoolinteractionsstudent-to-studentadult-to-studentandadult-to-adult.9.Ourschoolclimatecurriculumandinstructionreflectbothhighexpectationsandanunderstandingofchildandado-lescentgrowthanddevelopment.10.Ourteachersandstaffdevelopandimplementacademicandbehavioralinterventionsbasedonanunderstandingofchildandadolescentdevelopmentandlearningtheories.SourceASCDformerlyAssociationforSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopment2013.WholeChildIndicators.