Students must be safe and free from physical harm in schools. A supportive school environment is critical for effective teaching and learning. This is perhaps more important than ever as students return to classrooms after a period of remote learning due to COVID-19. The pandemic has upended the lives of many students and their families, leading to increases in social isolation, anxiety, stress, and trauma. Therefore, it is incumbent on all states, districts, schools, and educators to foster positive school climates and improve discipline practices through evidence-based strategies, like training and ongoing professional development for educators, greater involvement of school support staff, and the use of other evidence-based supports like restorative justice practices.
The Protecting Our Students in Schools Act furthers this goal by banning the use of corporal punishment in schools receiving federal funds and provides resources for schools and districts to implement practices that we know contribute best to a learning environment designed to help students thrive.
Join us for a conversation on the need to pass this important piece of legislation to keep students safe in school.