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Dear Dr. Cherrye,

The end of school is coming to a close. My stomach is in knots thinking about all the drama, school fights, bullying and unrest that sometimes emerges at the end of the school year. How can I help my child with anxiety issues? Things are out of control!

Dear Things are out control,

At the end of a school year things can get scary, I know. Some children can be rowdy, and restless, and yes fights and lots of turmoil may arise. I’d like to suggest to school officials, parents and students to have plans in place to avoid adverse issues.

One idea is pulling a crisis team together in an effort to brainstorm ways to maintain and ensure a safe, secure, and peaceful transition to end the school year. School officials, with the help of parents and students, can implement strategies and/or ideas to promote a safe school climate. A few ideas to consider can consist of, but are not limited to:

  • campus police stationed around the school
  • teachers in hallway after the bell rings between class periods – on high alert
  • parent volunteers with limited duties, but assisting as per regulations
  • metal detectors at all entrances
  • locked doors/gates at certain times of the day
  • student conflict resolution techniques
  • students, parents and school officials report anything that appears odd
  • report any site of weapons
  • encourage children to report in confidentiality
  • report any threats (verbal, cyber, physical)
  • talk to children often about promoting a kind non violent school environment

Relax

I also believe it’s a great idea for students, parents and the entire staff to just relax. Sometimes when the climate is calm, the atmosphere changes to a lighter mood. Here are a few ideas that might promote relaxation both at home and at school. Some items may be more appropriate at home, however.

Important

I’ve made it my mission to assist parents in resolving the bullying issues their children are suffering. Offering your feedback and suggestions in the comment section could facilitate meaningful dialog on this critical issue among ourselves and I encourage this. I will respond to each comment in a timely way. Should you wish to speak privately with me, please email be at CherryeVasquez@gmail.com, and I will reply promptly.

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