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January 2019Volume 19, No. 1
Student Safety and Wellness


The horrific school shootings in Florida and elsewhere in 2018 sparked new rounds of questioning across the country about how to prevent such tragedies and keep students safe. The new issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard explores the web of issues that intersect student safety and wellness, including students’ physical, mental, social, and emotional health and the quality of their learning environment. Authors point out that policies to support the whole child can have lasting effects on student outcomes.

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Lessons Learned from Columbine
Education leaders in Colorado lean on relationships to face challenges of crisis response.
By Jane Goff

Creating Healthy Schools: Students, Educators, and Policymakers Name Priorities
Mental health support and school climate top the list.
By Deborah A. Temkin, Bonnie J. Solomon, Emily Katz, and Heather Steed

The Science and Practice of Social and Emotional Learning: Implications for State Policymaking
Experts offer guidance to state policymakers interested in taking SEL to scale.
By Stephanie Jones, Rebecca Bailey, and Jennifer Kahn

Policy and Practice for Trauma-Informed Schools
Pervasiveness of childhood trauma calls for school-based response and state help.
By Sharon A. Hoover

State Leaders on Student Wellness
Examples of what state education leaders are doing to support the well-being of children.
By Megan Blanco

Designing for Safety, Designing for Learning
Architects can help.
By Brian G. Minnich

School Buildings: The Foundation for Student Health and Success
Schools’ indoor environmental quality too often gets short shrift.
By Erika Eitland and Joseph Allen

The Role of Health Education
State boards can address wellness by shoring up its natural curricular home.
By Susan Goekler, M. Elaine Auld, and David A. Birch




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Six Questions State Boards Should Ask about Student Mental Health

There is an acute need for increased services, education, and supports for student mental health. Here are six questions to frame state board discussions on promoting student mental health.
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How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water

This NASBE analysis details how statewide efforts to test for lead in school drinking water vary across the country.
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Empowering Youth to Prevent Suicide

This NASBE analysis highlights state action examples, identifies multipronged approaches to youth suicide prevention, and discusses federal funding opportunities available to states to support peer-to-peer programming.

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