Raptor, NASRO Survey: Less Than 25% of School Leaders Feel Equipped to Address Safety Concerns
The 2023 School Safety Survey also found more than 50% feel ill-equipped to assist students with their mental health challenges.
Raptor Technologies, a school safety software provider, in partnership with the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), recently released the results of its 2023 School Safety Survey which gathered insight into various school safety and student wellness challenges school safety decision-makers are facing today.
The survey offered critical data and insight into obstacles related to school safety and security processes, such as physical security, safety drills and procedures, and emergency response planning, says the company.
Regarding student well-being, the survey found 60% of respondents cited mental health issues as the greatest school safety obstacle they are currently encountering, and 78% said the mental health needs of their student population have increased since returning post-COVID. Concerningly, over 50% said they aren’t fully equipped to assist with the mental health-related needs of their students.
“This survey crystallized how critical it is for schools to be able to recognize a student in the initial stages of distress so they can reduce that child’s exposure and give them the support they need when they need it,” says a company representative.
The Raptor-NASRO survey also found the top two most-needed safety improvements are physical security and training, and the top two tools and processes most frequently identified were door hardening and emergency communication. However, less than 25% of respondents indicated they were equipped with the tools and support necessary to address these safety concerns in their district.
“From early student intervention to reunification tools and software, Raptor is dedicated to continuously working to improve our fully integrated school safety software and transform how the nation’s school districts manage every stage of school safety,” said Raptor CEO Gray Hall. “These results of our NASRO survey provide us essential insight into the safety challenges districts face, helping us to fulfill our mission of protecting every child, every school, every day.”
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