How important is student safety in a boarding school?

“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent” ~ Author Unknown

“Is our child safe in the boarding school?” is the most frequently asked question (FAQ) by parents these days. Of course, this is for all the obvious reasons of rising questionable instances of children security at schools. To ensure their student’s safety, all the Boarding schools around the world are under enormous pressure. Parents are placing greater demands on their children’s accountability, and that is why it is more important than ever for boarding schools to have a reliable system to track student movements.

Parents want the best for their child and a safe learning environment is something which every child and the parent is entitled to. Without a secure system in place, they are unable to focus on learning the skills needed for a successful education and future. School safety is important to protect all students and school personnel from any kind of violence that can include assaults, bullying, victimization, classroom disorder, fights, robbery, use of weapons or sexual misconduct.

Safety in schools is necessary to support the academic success of each child, giving them the opportunity to learn and achieve in a safe and nurturing environment. The strict policies in the school about safety helps in more learning, decreases level of violence and increases the pro-social behavior.

Jain International Residential School (JIRS) has ranked no.1 in safety and security, according to the Education World C-fore survey 2015. The infrastructure of JIRS is designed to handle all aspects of co-education learning and boarding environment. In India, safety is of prime concern for parents especially if they are thinking of sending their girl child to a residential school.

At JIRS, special care has been undertaken to ensure that our girl students are accommodated protectively and are comfortable in all respects during their stay with us. JIRS has a reliable security system with professional security personnel, a completely fenced campus, 24/7 guard duty and watchdogs are in place to safeguard the sprawling campus. The security guards are deployed in key areas under the supervision of chief security officer.

Time and again our nation has gone through the agony of losing young children in natural and man-made disasters within the school premises. Many of these would have been averted by simple preventions, mitigation and preparedness measures. Keeping these things in mind, JIRS has the security enforced by manning all vulnerable areas and points such as the dormitory, in/out gates, electrical installations and vehicle parking areas. Area and perimeter patrolling by security guards during after-hours ensure the security of the area. In JIRS there are security alarms and walkie-talkie unit. All the security personnel deployed in JIRS has a walkie-talkie with them. This helps them in coordinating with each other in case of emergencies.

The concept of boarding schools in India has undergone a sea change, with respect to numerous factors pertaining to the quality of education, discipline, teaching methodology, student-teacher relationship, security, and so on. Children’s safety within the school premises is also very important. At an early age, children should be taught ethics. School safety is important because, in order for any learning to take place, a child has to feel that he or she is in a safe environment. If they are focused on other fearful issues, they could care less about what is being taught in the classroom.

School staff and parents need to take all precautions. Parent involvement also plays an important role.  Parents should remind their children that schools are safe places and they are part of the solution. It is necessary for parents to make their children understand that if they recognize any inappropriate behavior going on, they need to let an adult know immediately. Parents and teachers also need to explain that violence is never the answer to problems they may encounter. Start by talking to them and find out what is going on in their lives. They need to feel like they can come to you with any concerns they have at school and feel safe.

Afore-mentioned security measures taken at JIRS are approaches towards keeping the school environment free from any form of misconduct. However, in all circumstances, a child should always be comfortable in reaching out an adult, be it a parent or mentor.

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