Dear Washington State PTA Member,
What issues concern you about the physical safety, health and well-being of your student(s) at school?
Students and families deserve to be safe and healthy in their schools, homes, and communities, with a livable future for our children.
But unfortunately, in Washington state:
- During the 2018-19 school year, our state Superintendent of Public Instruction tallied over 100 firearm incidents in our schools or school transportation systems.
- Seventy percent of school buildings are in high seismic areas. In these areas, schools built before 1975 have a moderate to very high life safety risk.
- School districts are neither funded nor required to keep safety plans and materials up-to-date.
- A warming climate and greenhouse gases increase dangerous air quality. Children and their developing lungs are particularly vulnerable to allergies and asthma, heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and disease transmitted by insects as the climate changes.
Please write your legislators and encourage your friends and community members to take a few minutes for the safety of our kids. Add your personal request or story into the accompanying message provided in the Action Network link. Legislators have told us that repeating the same message is not effective, but hearing your personal touch makes a huge impact.
Thank you for advocating for the 1.1 million students of Washington giving them the opportunity to reach their highest potential.
Sherry Rudolph, WSPTA Advocacy Director
Thank you for participating in Washington State PTA’s Advocacy Week, January 18-22, 2021. Stay tuned for action requests each day this week.