June is National Safety Month, and as you prepare for the month ahead, I’m excited to share a handful of tips and resources for you! The idea of keeping students and your school community safe is essential throughout the school year. During the month of June, you might decide to try out a few different activities. These activities can highlight school safety initiatives, or explore the idea of staying safe.
In this blog post, I have five tips to make the most of National Safety Month. You’ll find student-friendly activities and free posters to display in your school. Let’s jump in!
5 National Safety Month Activities
You can tailor the activities below to any age group. And of course, you can set intentions related to the goals of your school community. If you want to skip ahead and download the free posters, use this link to grab them.
Review Safety Guidelines
One of the first ways you may want to make the most of National Safety Month is to review the safety guidelines in your school community. This task doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating and might focus on just one area of your students’ day. For example, you might focus on safety in the lunchroom or staying safe in digital spaces.
Share Student Tips
To get students involved in National Safety Month, have them share their own tips for staying safe. This student tip could include a high-interest topic for them like safety at the beach, bicycle safety, or how to be a good digital citizen and stay safe online. Students can share their safety tips with their classmates or in more social spaces like a school or district social media account.
Write Safety Stories
For a narrative spin, ask students to write their own “safety stories” where they share a time where they made a decision to stay safe. This story could be about walking home with a friend instead of by themselves or changing the batteries in a smoke detector with a family member. You might have students record these as audio stories or write in a digital format.
Another way to make the most of National Safety Month is to share best practices and tips with your school community. This link will take you out to National Safety Month posters created by Rise Vision. They have a collection of posters you can print out and post in shared spaces in your school or classroom. These all include reminders for staying safe that might spark conversations with your class.
Use Digital Signs
In addition to using print signs, you might decide to share safety tips this month using digital signs. You can create a slideshow with tips for National Safety Month and even bring students into the process. For example, you might use a digital sign to display student created-posters or to play recordings of tips shared for students related to a safety topic. If you use Rise Vision, you can sign in and access templates for these digital signs: Countdown to Summer, School’s out for Summer, and Graduation. These templates have animation and GIF designs to grab students’ attention so they don’t miss important messages.
Here are a few National Safety Month digital signage templates with animations for higher engagement from students:
- Heat Exhaustion Prevention
- Stay Hydrated – National Safety Month
- Sun Protection – National Safety Month
Bonus: Free Posters for Pride Month
June is also Pride Month, and you can download these free posters from Rise Vision, all about inclusivity. These posters are ready for you to display during the month of June in conjunction with any Pride Month activities you might incorporate into your classroom, school or district. Click here to grab the posters.
Here are a few Pride Month digital signage templates with animations for higher engagement from students:
Digital Signage for Schools
Are you looking for digital signage this school year? Rise Vision creates digital signage for K-12 schools and districts. Earlier this spring, I shared their resources (including more free posters!) in a round-up of teacher appreciation activities.
Are you working on your school budget over the next few weeks? You may want to consider using digital signage in the upcoming school year. The digital signage from Rise Vision lets you showcase your school branding with customizable templates. As I mentioned earlier in the post, you might want to use digital signs to display safety information in your school, too.
The design team at Rise Vision creates new templates every week. You can sign up for their Weekly Playbook here, which is full of new ideas each week. Rise Vision offers a wide variety of easy-to-use, easy-to-customize templates to save you time. Their most popular designs are the auto-updating templates — so you can just “set and forget.” Right now, you can find over 400 school-themed templates in their library.
Schools and districts looking to use the digital signage from Rise Vision will find that it supports different operating systems, including Chrome, Windows, Raspberry Pi, and Linux. And they also have a new Canva integration. So you can now create designs using your Canva account, right inside Rise Vision!
Here are a few more features:
- Rise Vision lets you schedule templates to display at a set time
- The cloud-based software is totally secure
- They offer school-friendly pricing and customer support
- Rise Vision is 100% focused on K-12 learning and communication needs
You can use this link to learn more about their digital signage for schools. If you’d like a behind-the-scenes look at Rise Vision’s digital signage, you can book a custom demo for your school or district, to see use cases similar to your organization’s needs and communication pains. And if you’d like to learn more about their work, here’s a new post on their blog: “Benefits of Digital Technology in the Classroom.“