Many School Staffers are injured on the job each year.
Thirteen years ago, a new state law mandated that public employers develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence, but school districts were exempted.
Sadly, violence in school settings is increasing in our state’s education system. Too many school facilities contain real and persistent hazards to the health and safety of teachers, School-Related Professionals and students.
Other public employers already must implement workplace violence prevention programs. Mandating that schools implement workplace violence prevention programs is a common sense way to identify weak spots in school safety plans and to address those issues before violence occurs.
Such a plan will allow staff to better protect their students and themselves in any number of scenarios and ensure that children are receiving a high-quality education without fear of violence.