8 Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fears

How school leaders deal with new safety issues, pressure and trauma.

Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fear

Principals have to be able to deal with conflict and find resolution all of the time. It’s in the DNA of a thoughtful, productive school leader. But how do principals cope with fear that seems out of their control? In today’s national school climate, new fears of gun violence, school safety, and security are top of mind. How would principals advise new administrators or soon-to-be school leaders to keep their focus and worry in check? How do they do it? (Consensus: They do the best they can.) Our Principal Life community told us how they’re coping and how they’d encourage a new administrator in the front office to do so. No matter the advice, one thing is certain: Principals and administrators are confronting these emotional times and challenges with grit, grace, and a focus that is pure School Leader.

1. Check in with yourself … and keep pressing.Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fears

2. Consider your team and support system. You are not alone.

3. The world is watching … and they’ve got you, too.

 

4. Teachers are in this with you. Lean on them (and vice versa).

Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fears

 

5. Preparation and perspective will help you feel more in control.

Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fears

 

6. Connection with your school community is key.

Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fears

 

7. Your perseverance guides you for what (and who) matters most.

 Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fears

 

8. You are a dedicated, amazing leader.

Principals Share How They Cope with School Safety Fears

 

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Jenn Horton

Posted by Jenn Horton

Jenn is an editor for WeAreTeachers and SchoolLeadersNow. She used to work for Oprah for over a decade, teaching folks to "Live Their Best Lives" online and in real life...and she continues to try that herself too (mostly). Her work has appeared on WebMD, CNN, Amazon and various online publications. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two kiddos.

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