Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools: An Action Guide - September 1996
A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n
Action Steps for Community and Business Groups
Making schools safe, orderly, and drug-free requires the support and cooperation of the entire community. Children spend a significant amount of their time in the community, and it is essential that community groups (including law enforcement and social services, juvenile justice agencies, foundations, and not-for-profit organizations) and businesses provide students with the assistance and support needed to live in a community and go to school without the fear or threat of violence. Some of the actions community and business groups can take to assist schools are:
- Participate on a school's Safe School Plan committee.
- Adopt and support a school.
- Sponsor extracurricular social and cultural activities, entrepreneurial opportunities, and other positive alternative activities for students.
- Work collaboratively with the schools in developing and sponsoring community projects for youth living in the community.
- Assist in creating safe corridors for students going to and from school.
- Adopt policies that permit and encourage employees to become active in youth-related activities, like tutoring, mentoring, or coaching.
- Encourage employees who are parents to visit their children's schools regularly without being penalized at work.
- Open businesses and corporate facilities for field trips, apprenticeships, and internships for students.
- Promote awareness of career and college opportunities and the availability of financial aid and nontraditional scholarships. Sponsor a scholarship program.
- Sponsor fundraising events for schools to support their safe schools initiatives, focusing on preventing violence and resisting alcohol and drug use.
- Become knowledgeable about the operation of schools in their community and participate in school reform efforts.
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