Safe and Sound Schools Issues First-Ever “State of School Safety” Report Marking Organization’s Fifth Anniversary

Key findings show student dissatisfaction with the state of school safety, an opportunity to broaden threat readiness and safety teams, and a potential vulnerability among smaller schools

NEWTOWN, Conn.--()--Safe and Sound Schools (SASS), a nonprofit organization that delivers crisis-prevention, response and recovery programs for schools, today published its “State of School Safety Report 2018,” the results of its first-ever survey exploring perceptions of safety at schools among parents, students, educators, and the general public. The findings outline perceptions among stakeholders, and looks at the current state of threats, from threats received to future threats, as well as preparedness for those safety risks.

Key survey findings include:

  • A substantial communication gap exists between educators and other stakeholders, namely parents and students.
  • Students deserve a seat at the school-safety table.
  • Threat assessment must expand beyond school-based shootings to include other common threats to school safety.
  • Schools need to involve a team of experts in planning.
  • A difference in safety perceptions exists among schools with fewer than 500 students.

Michele Gay and Alissa Parker founded Safe and Sound Schools in May of 2013 after their respective daughters, Josephine Gay and Emilie Parker, were killed in the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn. The State of School Safety Report, marking the fifth anniversary of the organization’s founding, highlights progress made and opportunities for improvement in school safety. The survey, conducted in early 2018, received 2,872 respondents. To read the full report, visit Safe and Sound Schools: www.safeandsoundschools.org/research.

About Safe and Sound Schools
Founded in 2013, Safe and Sound Schools works with school communities and mental health, law enforcement, and safety professionals to create and ensure the safest possible learning environment for all youth. The non-profit organization, started by parents who lost their children in the tragedy at Sandy Hook, delivers crisis-prevention, response, and recovery programs, tools, and resources, backed by national experts, to educate all members of the school community, from students and parents, to teachers and administrators, to law enforcement and local leaders. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools continues to answer the growing needs of school communities with custom programs, assessments, and training, reaching schools in every state in the country. For more information, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

Contacts

Safe and Sound Schools
Amy Shanler
ashanler@safeandsoundschools.org

Release Summary

Safe and Sound Schools State of School Safety Report measures perceptions of school safety among parents, students, educators, and the public.

Contacts

Safe and Sound Schools
Amy Shanler
ashanler@safeandsoundschools.org