Parent's Action Plan for School Safety

Who Cares Parent Action Plan

Who Cares? You Care

Who Cares is a grass roots movement of parents who are sick and tired of having their kids bullied in school and feeling like no one cares. 

 

Each day thousands of students fear going to school because of bullying and intimidation. If they build up the courage to tell their parents and school administrator, the actions most schools take are ineffective, antiquated and in many cases, makes the situation worse because now their kids are labeled as a “snitch”. This poor and inadequate response by the school system results in our kids turning inward and turning toward drugs, alcohol and even worse suicide to end their pain. 


This guide takes years of experience, countless meetings with school administrators, politicians, law enforcement, counselors, PTAs and students. It is not funded by any political party. In fact, as you will read, some are a part of the problem, not the solution, despite every one of them putting “better schools” in their campaign platform. Parents and students must rise up with a concrete plan and clear list of demands, in order to change the system. The system will not, and cannot, change from within.


Something needs to be done!


During our years of working with students, schools, legislators and law enforcement we have developed a program that we believe will work in your school system. It is based on these five principles:


  • Parents must show up, in force, and demand safer schools
  • Parents must demand that school systems disclose harmful activities, such as bullying, drugs, weapons and other harmful activities that jeopardize their child’s safety.
  • Parents must know what changes they want and clearly spell out these changes so they can be incorporated into a new school “policy”. 
  • Parents must know who can make these changes, both legislatively and administratively, as well as the bureaucratic obstacles they will face.
  • Parents must have legislators willing to push their demands and you must support them.

Bottom line is that it’s not money, personnel, bureaucracy or any of the other issues that can effect serious change, it’s parental and student mobilization and action. School officials work for the parents and students, not the other way around. Parents must apply pressure, where it will force change to make our school safer. 

   

Alvin Butler, Sr.

Executive Director 

Parent's

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Who Cares? You Care - School Safety Program

Here are some recommend changes that our experience has shown, will improve school safety: 


  • Complete Resolution of Issues – Many times when, and if, schools “deal with” the reported situation, it amounts to talking to the bully and student and then they considered it resolved. However, in many cases the bullying and harassment takes on new forms, such as stares and being called “a snitch”. Schools must insure that the student and parents feel that the situation is resolved and not just “dealt with”. 


  • Revise Antique Reporting Methods - Demand an end to antiquated reporting procedures that hinder a student’s ability to come forward. Today almost every student has an IPhone or access to a computer. This gives them the ability to report issues, anonymously, without having to resort to forms, counselor meetings and other methods that are intimidating to students. Schools must allow reporting of issues via anonymous electronic media, such as texting, web chat, mobile apps and or online report forms that don’t require the student to provide their name.


  • Report Transparency – All too often bullying, drugs, weapons, suicides, staff abuse, threats to the school and other harmful activities that are uncovered in schools are withheld from parents and even law enforcement. While most schools make bullying statistics are available in most school districts, reports on drugs, weapons and other harmful acts are not made available to parents. These this leaves parents in the dark as to how safe or unsafe their child’s school really is. We demand that policies be reviewed to insure procedures and their handling is transparent to parents and students. All schools must report incidences of bullying, drugs and weapons on a monthly or annual basis. 


  • Encourage Students to Come Forward – Students ALWAYS know a problem exists in the school, long before the school system or parents. Unfortunately, many students are not aware of how or if they should report issues like bullying, drugs, suicidal concerns, weapons, threats to the school and other harmful activities in their schools. While most schools have this procedure in their student handbooks, or on their websites, most students remain unaware of the procedure. Posters, announcements, and other procedures must be used to ensure that every student is aware that the school not only wants them to come forward but also encourages them to do so.


  • Mental Health Training and Protocols: Students with mental health concerns are most likely to bully, use drugs, alcohol, attempt suicide and are likely to become violent to other students and to themselves. While the home is always the first place to determine these issues, the school administration is in a unique position to compare a student’s attitude, social ability and study patterns to what is deemed “normal” for that student’s peer groups, as opposed to being just a phase the child is going through. There are trauma and depression screenings and protocols that allow for screening and risk assessments/threat assessments where professionals can make a determination as to whether a child is a threat to harm his/herself or others. All schools should train teachers and staff to recognize behavioral concerns in students and have written protocols in place help the parent and student towards a healthy solution for the student. 


  • Expulsion of Problem Students While mental health screenings are the first step in determine if a student’s behavior is correctable, in some cases, it may be necessary to remove the problem student from the school in order to protect the body as a whole. Acceptable protocols must be in place to determine what conditions warrant removing the student both temporarily and permanently.