Hire more mental health professionals in school. Nurture a culture of support from kindergarten through high school graduation.
Students deserve a safe environment where they can learn and thrive; they have the freedom to walk the halls without fear or threat of violence.
Completely overhaul all school building ventilation systems that are not up to the top quality specifications for clean air turnover
Parents should be invited into schools as volunteers to provide positive adult relationships for our students and be hallway monitors, lunch room monitors, bus loop aides and provide teachers with a break to go to the bathroom.
Provide paid mental health support training to teachers.
Research the feasibility of a district wide free breakfast and lunch program, for all students. It removes the stigma of some students having to pay and others not (this was the case during the pandemic and funding was discontinued).
Improve the quality of school food. Assist HCPS Nutrition in choosing food vendor partners that offer variety and balance.
Partner with grocery stores and restaurants to donate excess food to the schools (this would be a big tax write off for them and the county board could offer further tax incentives to accomplish this).
Have food pantries available on the weekends for families. This would help foster a sense of the schools as the center of communities.
Remove vending machines from schools and cancel contracts with vendors. The food is unhealthy and a waste of school district resources.
Our LGBTQ+ students deserve to feel loved, valued and respected, and school board members are duty-bound to ensure every student’s safety, regardless of their identity.