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Safe Schools Do No Harm

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Of all of the rich discussions at the National Summit on School Safety where I recently presented, it became apparent that there is a strong need for a broader discussion about how despite best intentions, we are undermining resilience with reactive crisis preparedness efforts.

Building resilience is a process of increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors.  In an attempt to prepare for a school shooting or other tragic event, it is becoming commonplace to override what should be the most basic rule of any system: Do no harm.  Deception in Schools—When Crisis Preparedness Efforts Go Too Far is a two-page Commentary by colleagues from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, the National Association of School

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