School should be an interesting and fun place. However, many students are often uneasy or even afraid to attend school. Bullies and terrorists loom on the playground or in dramatic safety drills. Parents fear the unwanted intrusion of a government-mandated curriculum and policies. Private school offers families another education option. Not only do many private institutions offer top quality curricula and exciting programs of instruction, but they also provide added security that gives both parents and students peace of mind.
Private schools maintain control over the curriculum taught to enrolled students. While curricula generally meet state requirements for graduation, new government-mandated programs and policies that may be considered undesirable by some parents can be avoided, especially by schools that do not rely on government funding.
Since private schools are by nature typically smaller than many public schools, they often have greater control over campus grounds. Some hire private security forces to monitor the promises, while others involve parents and volunteers in keeping an eye on locked entrances and the grounds, urging them to report any suspicious activity. The group approach can be very effective and requires no special funding.
While virtually every public or private school has a non-bullying policy, private schools may be better able to monitor and enforce one. With smaller class sizes and sometimes a higher caliber of students, bullying might not pose as much of a threat as in a larger building or higher student population. Although social media is really available and widely used by students at all levels of education, private schools often actively engage parents in reinforcing school policies against bullying and other inappropriate behaviors by monitoring children’s online conduct and involvement with other students.
Some private schools have cutting-edge facilities and security systems provided by supportive parents who pay tuition just for services like these. In addition, community supporters frequently donate funds for added security services. Smaller buildings and campuses in general are easier to monitor and protect if appropriate safeguards are used.
Security policies and training.
Most private schools take an active or even aggressive approach to security policies and training. Both students and faculty are provided with guidelines that help to prepare them in the event of an intruder or other catastrophe, such as a fire or severe weather. Workshops may also be offered to parents and family members for added protection.
Parents who are concerned about their children’s safety during the school year might want to discuss security issues with a private school administrator to see what is being done to maintain and upgrade student protection. When children feel secure, they can learn more effectively, and parents will worry less.