National Catholic Schools Week Guide – Pages 17 & 18
Experts say CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ARE SAFER
Many factors come into play when parents are deciding which school to send their children to. The school's academic program, its location and infrastructure, its reputation, and its affordability should be considered in the decision-making process. While public schools offer some good facilities and programs, Catholic schools beat them in terms of your children's safety.
Catholic schools are known to foster a safer learning environment for their students compared to their public school counterparts. Besides providing high-quality academics, Catholic school programs also ensure that a child's all round well-being is taken care of. A Catholic curriculum focuses on social emotional learning (SEL). The Diocese of Corpus Christi defines SEL as the process in which young people acquire skills and attitudes that will help them both academically and socially.
Bullying is a big concern for any parent, and Catholic schools have found a way to minimize such instances through SEL. Such a curriculum teaches students and teachers how to prevent bullying before it happens. It creates an overall healthier environment that can provide emotional education for victims and bullies.
Catholic schools typically maintain a smaller student-teacher ratio only bolster this type of holistic education — teachers can be more invested in each student and be attuned to possible troublesome behavior.
Because teachers can focus on their students more than in many other academic environments, coupled with greater parental involvement in their childrens' Catholic education, troubled children are much easier to notice.
"CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ARE KNOWN TO FOSTER A SAFER LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR STUDENTS COMPARED TO THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOL COUNTERPARTS.
By extension, Catholic schools are spared from mass school shootings. While by no means immune to such horrific incidents which seem to plague American society, almost no shootings occur in Catholic schools.
Catholic schools, of course, also look after their students' physical safety. Being the first schools to return to in-person instruction following the COVID-19 lockdown, Catholic schools made sure that all safety measures were in place to prevent the kids from contracting the airborne disease. Masking was mandatory, class sizes were smaller to allow physical distancing, and, once they were available, made vaccination mandatory.
Parents only want the best for their kids. Catholic schools can not only provide them with the best education, but they are able to do so in a very safe learning environment.