School Safe Rooms
For many of us, being concerned about our children while they are at school has become a very real fear. With mass shootings occurring at an alarming rate across the nation it’s no wonder that schools are looking for ways to keep our children in their care safe from these tragedies. One of the ways schools are looking to improve child safety is pushing for safe rooms to be installed onto school campuses.
Safety in schools is becoming a growing concern, the Washington Post reported, more than 215,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. At the end of May 2018 the number of school shootings was 17 which breaks down to just slightly under 1 a week. That is a staggering statistic and schools are trying to find ways to mitigate this. Safe Rooms on school campuses are starting to pop up and funding is being granted to build these community safe rooms as a way to protect these children.
What do school safe rooms offer that other solutions do not?
The benefit of having safe rooms available on the school grounds is two-fold. First, children remain protected and the safe room has the potential to prevent a gunman from doing massive damage. The second is that public schools with safe rooms can double as community safe rooms should extreme weather hit the local area.
Safe rooms provide quick refuge from potential hazards and depending on the schools safe room can provide shelter for multiple classrooms of children.
How Does A School Build a Safe Room?
If you’re interested in school safety and are looking to get a safe room in your district’s school there are a few ways to go about it. It’s important to understand that school safe rooms serve as more than just a shelter from gun violence. As mentioned above, these safe rooms help protect students against extreme weather, including tornadoes. For areas affected by extreme weather, FEMA offers subsidies for schools looking to build safe rooms and grant applications are required for this process.
Another way is to find a group of concerned parents and present a proposal for safe rooms on school grounds to your local school board. This type of grass-roots movement can be difficult, but with enough preparation and understanding this method will allow you make the safe room that you think your school is in need of. This may mean that some fundraising may need to happen in order to pay for a portion of the school safe room, but the investment will last for years to come.
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