BEING FORWARD

If we join forces, we can identify students who are at risk

By Leigh Wall
August 2018
Vol. 39 No. 4
It has been just a few months since the unimaginable tragedy that occurred here in Santa Fe, Texas, when a high school student shot and killed 10 classmates and teachers and wounded 13 others. Our community is healing, and we know the healing process will be long. As we move forward — and we must, even as we continue to grieve — mental health and social-emotional awareness are absolute priorities for all of our students, staff, and community members. In Santa Fe, we have always focused on safety protocols. We have a strong crisis management and security plan, as well as a well-trained and well-equipped school district police department. They are critical to school safety, but they are not enough on their own. Safety and

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Leigh Wall

Leigh Wall is superintendent of schools for the Sante Fe (Texas) Independent School District and president-elect of Learning Forward.



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