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School and Community Safety

Schools face a variety of challenges, among them violence, bullying, and natural disasters.   Schools and educators need to be prepared.  The NEA Health Information Network provides resources to schools to help prevent and to respond to these challenges.  Learn more about our crisis response work or go directly to the NEA Health Information Network’s School Crisis Guide On-Line Tool Kit .  

Among the many issues related to School and Community Safety is the issue of gun safety and violence prevention.  NEA has taken a firm stand on this issue of gun violence, particularly as it relates to school personnel.  NEAToday published the article, “Arming Educators – A Bad Idea That Hasn’t Gone Away,” clarifying the position of the organization with a strong statement from Dennis Van Roekel (http://neatoday.org/2014/01/16/arming-educators-a-bad-idea-thats-not-going-away/). 

NEA and HIN will continue to speak for the majority of our members and uphold the position declared by a joint press statement from NEA and AFT following the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012: http://www.nea.org/home/53943.htm

The results of a 2013 NEA member poll and other related pieces on this subject are also posted on the NEA website at http://www.nea.org/home/16364.htm.  Similar articles, reports and resources are available at http://educationvotes.nea.org/topic/x-canonical/schoolsafety/

Read more about the NEA position and efforts to promote a comprehensive approach to safe schools in the NEA HIN blog from April 2014.

Internet Safety - NEA HIN also works to keep kids smart and safe when they are online.  Learn more about this work here or go directly to bNetS@vvy.