As you well know, there are several reasons why you are considering private school for your child. Her safety is on your list, albeit, somewhere below other considerations such as the academics, athletics and extracurricular activities when you first start thinking about schools. Safety is not usually an issue in private schools. Indeed school violence is not often found in private schools. In fact the only examples of which I am aware in recent years consist of a few scattered incidents of hazing and cyber-bullying. I won't scare you with examples of school violence in public schools. You see and read about these incidents every day both at home and abroad. Instead let's explore some of the reasons and factors which make private schools safe places for your child. Then you can check that box on your list of questions about private schools.
Safe schools are places where learning can take place. Most of the students in a private school are there to learn. They want to learn. Their parents have sent them there at great expense to learn. They are not in private school to waste time and fool around. They are not in private school to get into trouble of any kind. They and their parents know that if they break the rules they will face consequences without question.
Dress codes are another important part of a private school's approach to discipline. While some schools require a uniform, most have a dress code. So the outlandish get-ups you see in many public schools are simply not tolerated. Dress codes minimize distractions from learning. They level the social playing field in many ways as well.
Teachers and staff are trained to be there for their students. To listen, offer advice and counsel and encouragement. The history of school violence reveals a sad tale of children who felt misunderstood or abused, ostracized by their peers and rejected by society. Violence was their ultimate solution, their tragic pain killer. In a large school setting with various groups competing to be the cool set on campus, the students who feel left out drift off into the shadows.
To summarize be aware that discipline codes, supervision and parental involvement are essential ingredients to running a safe school environment for your child. In addition the way in which a private school manages the whole child, not just her education, is the key to preventing violence in schools. It is an important reason private schools are safe places for children. Safety doesn't just happen. It is planned carefully in great detail. Safety is paramount for every member of the school community all the time. That is how you operate. That is how a private school operates. This is why most private schools are safe places for your children.
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