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(CNN Student News) -- Students will identify school-related safety concerns and learn about the safety measures that are in place at their school.


Help students to brainstorm a list of concerns related to the safety of your school, such as bullying, intruders and natural disasters. Ask students: How do you think that

  • students,
  • teachers and administrators,
  • law enforcement officials, and
  • parents
  • should respond to each of these safety concerns? Following the discussion, ask your school principal or counselor to speak to your class about the measures that are in place to address these concerns. After the presentation, facilitate a discussion between your students and the speaker about what your students can do to make their peers and parents aware of the safety measures that are in place at your school.

    Correlated Standards

    Health Standards (3rd Ed.)

    Standard 5: Knows essential concepts and practices concerning injury prevention and safety

    Level III Grade : 6-8

    Benchmark 3. Knows potential signs of self- and other-directed violence

    Standard 9 Understands aspects of substance use and abuse

    Level III Grade : 6-8

    Benchmark 3. Knows the short- and long-term consequences of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (e.g., physical consequences such as shortness of breath, cirrhosis, lung cancer, emphysema; psychological consequences such as low self-esteem, paranoia, depression, apathy; social consequences such as crime, domestic violence, loss of friends)

    Level IV Grade : 9-12

    Benchmark 2. Knows how the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs often plays a role in dangerous behavior and can have adverse consequences on the community (e.g., house fires, motor vehicle crashes, domestic violence, date rape, transmission of diseases through needle sharing or sexual activity)

    Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education (3rd ed.) by Kendall, J. S., & Marzano, R. J. (2000) is published online by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) ( link).


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