Sending our children to school not only means passing on to the school administrators and entire teaching staff the responsibility to teach our children good values and nurture the essential skills and knowledge to face life ahead, but also the responsibility of ensuring the safety of our children against posing dangers or threats within the school premises. Because like parenting, securing children is no easy task, however, with the right procedures in school, it might not be as hard as it seems.
When we say dangers or threats, we mean both natural and man-made occurrences that may endanger the school and its students. Natural occurrences are typhoon, earthquake, fire, or flooding, while man-made includes kidnapping and theft, among many others. So how safe, really, are our children in school?
On damaged structures For Reverend Daniel E. Mariano, spiritual director at Capitol Church Nursery Kindergarten School (CCNK) in the City of San Fernando, La Union, “We do regular check-ups in our school’s premises by our maintenance staff, who in turn directly reports to the principal any problem in the structures or environment that may pose risk for the school. Then the principal calls the attention of the administrator to inform the chairman on the Committee on Properties, Supplies, and General Services for appropriate action and immediate implementation.” Once the stress and the impact are evaluated as dangerous, a suitable warning signage is then posted in the area. In cases when the damage is easily repairable, it can be done outright, Rev. Mariano continues.
On typhoons The Department of Education’s guide when Typhoon Signal 1 is raised, classes are suspended for pre-elementary and kindergarten students. “So we advice parents and guardians who bring their children in school to take them back home for safety,” Rev. Mariano explains. He also suggests that parents should learn how to monitor the weather, too.
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