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nization and ensure that they work
jointly on emergency responses.
Districts and schools can also allow
law enforcement to conduct drills
in the buildings after school hours
or on weekends to help officers become more familiar with their surroundings, he said.
School leaders must also take
time for themselves as they are
tugged in multiple directions.
Hall is using the counseling that
the school district is offering to students and staff, talking with his
pastors and his church family, and
spending more time with his wife
and children, including preparing
dinners with them and attending
more of his children's extracurricular activities.
Making Students Feel Safe
It's also important to for school
leaders to review the response to the
tragedy to assess where there may
be gaps in the school's and district's
response plans, whether procedures
were followed, and whether security
changes need to be made.
Amid all of that, there are almost
always calls to ramp up physical security measures in school buildings.
That's the easy part, Erardi said.
The more difficult challenge is
knowing who poses a threat to the
safety of your school community, he
At Perry Hall, Roberts put a lot of
effort behind ensuring that students
would feel comfortable reporting
things that do not seem right.
That message-that the students
were all family looking out for one
another-was reiterated on the
The school turned some unused
lockers into dropboxes for students
to share anonymous notes about
concerns that they might not have
been comfortable discussing face to
face, Roberts said.
At some point, school leaders
must begin to shift their focus-
along with that of their staff-back
to teaching and learning from one
that's initially centered on students'
mental health and emotional healing, Erardi said.
Addressing issues related to the
shooting can become the equivalent
of another full-time job, Erardi said.
School leaders may have to consider hiring someone to handle all
matters related to the shooting or
delegating those tasks to another
"I think the bottom line is that
you don't do this work in isolation,
and what you must do is reach out
for guidance and assistance," Erardi
"What you really need to do is
examine who is in your trust circle
and really empower those people to
persist and persevere," Erardi said.
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THE PARKLAND SHOOTING & STUDENT ACTIVISM
The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., reignited polarizing debates
about gun restrictions, Second Amendment rights, and school safety, and spurred an outpouring of student
activism. Education Week has been following these news developments and gathering reaction. Below are
highlights available on edweek.org:
'Enough Is Enough:' Students Demand
Action on Guns in Massive March
Next Goal for Student Gun-Control Activists:
Win at the Polls
School Shootings: Five Critical Questions
Gun Control Walkout Just The Start,
Students at One Maryland School Say
Video Gallery: Teachers, Students on
Why They Joined the 'March for Our Lives'
School Shootings This Year:
How Many and Where
One of History's Famous Student Activists:
Why I'm Marching With Students
Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Mourning
Over Gun Violence
Why We Didn't Allow the Students in
Our District to Participate in the Walkout
Federal Response to Fla. Shooting
Starts to Take Shape
Student-Privacy Laws Have Been Distorted
(And That's a Problem)
More at www.edweek.org/go/student-activism
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