School Safety is the NHS Way

Join us to discuss how to improve our school

Improving our family one step at a time

"This job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of the community, and the help of a nation" (U.S. Department of Education, n.d.).

Let's join together & keep our school safe

Monday, Sep. 19th, 6-9pm

5300 Spalding Drive

Norcross, GA

Welcome

6-6:20 Refreshments

6:20-7 Welcome & Discuss the premise for us meeting

7-8:30 Open discussion with parents, students, teaching staff, and local law enforcement

8:30-9 Closing commitment & thanks

Keep our School Safe

The students at Norcross High School deserve the right to learn in a harmonious environment. It is our job as educators to invest our time to make sure that the students are progressive in the classroom, and feel secure in their personal lives. Currently in our school we have students who experience bullying, hunger, and have tardiness issues. Our job as educators is to observe our students in and outside of the classroom, and offer assistance with discretion. “One way to observe the culture in your organization is to take a walk around the building, and look at some of the physical signs of culture” (Heathfield, 2010). We called this town hall meeting to discuss different approaches to overcoming these obstacles such as implementing a minute bell to indicate that students have one minute to get in class. We can also implement a food pantry that is available for students parents to come and receive food, clothing, and any monetary donations that we have collected and raised, and it can be opened on Saturday mornings. An alternative to that for the families that do not have transportation is delivering care packages to their homes. Also we would like to implement a safe zone where students can talk about their experiences with bullying, and get them the help that they need to overcome it. In doing that we also will discuss with the students who are causing the uneasiness in the classroom the effects of their choices, and offer them assistance as well. If we make the necessary changes to overcome these obstacles that we are faced with, our students can focus more on their academics instead of worrying about where their next meal is going to come from, or about what uncomfortable situation they will be exposed to. By implementing a warning bell, it will promote a readiness to learn, and cut our tardy percentage by half. “Make group safe, comfortable, and productive” (Schein, 1993). We are open to hearing the voices of our NHS family, and getting other solutions and insight into what we can do toWe are open to hearing the voices of our NHS family, and getting other solutions and insight into what we can improve our home away from home for the better. "An organization's [school's] culture consists largely of what people believe about what works and what does not" (Sorenson & Goldman, 2013).

References

Heathfield, S. M. (2010). How to understand your current culture: Artifacts and interactions display your existing culture. Retrieved from http://humanresources.about.com/od/organizationalculture/a/culture_create.htm

Schein, E. H. (1993). Organizational culture & leadership. Retrieved from http://www.tnellen.com/ted/tc/schein.html

Sorenson, R. D., & Goldsmith, L. M. (2013). The principal’s guide to school budgeting (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

U.S. Department of Education (n.d.). Working to keep schools and communities safe. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/school-safety