School Leadership Summit - 2018: Pannel Discussion: Kids Security of School
Panel Discussion: Importance of collaborations for ensuring safety and security of schools
‘Elets 5th School Leadership Summit – Bangaluru 2018’
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Dr Onika Mehrotra, Director, Kalka Public School, Primary Section New Delhi
When we talk about safety and security, it is not just the physical safety and security of the child. I think in a school, the emotional, the intellectual, the digital safety and security of the child have to be collaborated so that a safe environment can be given to them. Value education should also be given to the students and we need to introduce values in our curriculum for that.
Dr Kalpana Mohan, Academic Director, PNC Cognitio School Bengaluru
Not only the physical but the mental security of the child is also important. Children should be made aware about the security in the premises. They should know where to go in case they feel insecure. A child should be given confidence so that he can express himself and talk to others freely. We need to take care of children’s complaints.
Sudha Shanbhag, Principal, Children’s Academy, Malad East, Mumbai
The rules need to be implemented every time. In our school, we have surprise audits whether all the parameters have been implemented or not. We also have the student council which takes part in safety exercises. We have an adolescent programme which gives physical and emotional support to the students.
M. Varalakshmi, Principal, Jubilee Hills Public School, Hyderabad
We need to understand a child’s expectation from teachers. A counselor in every school is the need of hour. Parents also need to be made aware about the safety measures in the parent orientation programme. A student awareness programme has to be made about good or bad touch policy.
Jayalakshmi Prakash, Principal, Sri Jnanakshi Vidyaniketan, Bangalore
Security of the students is the prime responsibility of all the school leaders. We need to train the students in various safety measures. A child’s physical and emotional side needs to be taken care of. We need to inculcate a feeling of family in fourth class staff, bus crew members which will enhance not only the security of the students but of the whole school.
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