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Schools Need Fortification on All Fronts

School is considered a child’s second home. It is where they spend most of their waking hours, hopefully learning new things that they will take with them when they graduate. Schools, however, present several risks that, if not managed by the heads of the institution, might result in stunted growth in children or worse, health issues. These are just some of the issues that school administrators should not overlook:

Health and Safety

The health and safety of the school can be maintained with the use of appropriate cleaning tools and practices. You do not need to burden yourself with going to the groceries often to find the right cleaning chemicals, as there are companies dedicated to supplying these to schools and other establishments. The cleaning chemicals adhere to Australian Standards, which eliminates the question of their efficacy. Now, you can focus on the cleaning staff’s application of these cleaning tools to rid the school premises of germs and bacteria that might compromise school children’s health.

Bullying

Australian schools become a place of gathering for students of different backgrounds. Though neighbors might go to the same school and have already known each other their whole lives, some students might still feel unsafe or bullied if administrators do not step in. Each Australian school should not tolerate bullying and react proactively to reports about bullying on school premises. But they should not stop there. Online bullying can still occur after school hours, and this can happen without the parents knowing it. Students should feel comfortable to reach out to their school principal knowing that their voices will be heard and things will change. If students live in fear, they will not be able to concentrate on their lessons, and you might notice a dip in their grades. Sometimes, a significant change in their ranks might be enough prompt for teachers to step in and ask if there is a problem.

Discrimination

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School children wear a uniform for several reasons, one of which is because it eliminates bias due to the students’ varying financial capabilities. Without school uniforms, rich children can wear designer clothes to school. That in itself is not a problem, but if they look down on students who cannot afford the same luxuries, it can result in bullying. However, uniforms are not the ultimate solution to discrimination. Some students still misbehave and discriminate if the school does not instill good values in them. The school should make it clear that everyone has equal rights and deserve respect.

Food

Not everyone has packed lunches to bring to school. The food the school serves should be healthy and contribute to the nourishment of the students. They should not be junk food, and they most certainly should not be compromised. The safety of ingredients used in school lunches must not fail; otherwise, a food poisoning outbreak can affect hundreds of students, putting their lives at risk.

When parents send their children to school, they expect good things. To keep the environment safe for children, school administrators need to recognize dangerous practices and respond to them actively.