National Report Reveals Gap Between Parents and Administrators on Perception of School Safety
The State of School Safety Report is an annual survey from Safe and Sound Schools, in partnership with Raptor Technologies, of School Administrators, Staff, Safety Officials, Parents, and Students on attitudes and concerns about school safety. The 2021 report showed students and parents are less confident than administrators in critical areas, including a 30-point gap when asked if their school takes a proactive approach to safety awareness. Concerns included how proactive schools are regarding student and campus security, how the school community would respond in a campus emergency, and their plan to reunify children with guardians following a crisis.
The report revealed a distinct difference in understanding the steps schools are taking to address parent and student concerns about safety. Additionally, the survey yielded feedback on how schools handled the COVID-19 pandemic, apprehension on the mental health of returning students, and the overall preparedness of schools to handle emergencies.
As students return to the classroom this coming fall, concerns around safety and security will once again be top of mind.