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Looking after everyone’s well-being
April 1, 2024

By William Cramp Fit Flyer reporters | Health and safety are important at Cramp, said Mr. Elias Corbin, community school coordinator, in a recent interview with Fit Flyer reporters.

It’s important for students to be in a school where their surroundings help them learn and grow, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The government group seeks to make sure that the places where people, animals, and plants live are healthy and safe.

The EPA says that a school’s environment “can affect the attendance, concentration, and performance of both students and educators.”

As part of his job, Mr. Elias said he tries to bring more activities to William Cramp students. “We have gym with Mr. C [Ciervo], recess, after-school sports and sports club,” he said. “We got a lot of resources and Cramp takes the school’s well being very seriously.”

Mr. Elias also said that “physical activities and team sports are ways of promoting a healthy school environment.”

Ms. Thillet, school bilingual counselor, said the school has many ways to support students who are experiencing social or behavior problems. The school has a program called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). It not only helps students, but it also supports teachers’ well-being.

To keep people in school safe, the doors automatically shut and we have regular fire drills and practice being safe, being respectful, and being responsible, Ms. Thillet said, “I [also] help the students stay healthy by supporting them with problems.”

Ms. D’Angelo, English Language Learner (ELL) teacher, said Cramp supports student health with “a healthy breakfast and lunch program at our school.” She said mandatory physical education and health classes also help kids to stay well.

“Every morning I greet parents and kids at the door and do morning check-ins,” she said. She said the school has a caring faculty and administration who guide students during fire drills, lockdown drills, and shelter-in-place drills regularly. These practices help keep everyone at William Cramp safe.

Ms. Lange, lead clinical supervisor, said, the school has a “nice playground outside and we have a gym” that help students stay physically healthy. She said the school encourages students to report acts of bullying. “l talk to people about their feelings.”

—By Fit Flyer reporters in Mrs. Morales’ room

Illustration by Aubree, fifth grade, William Cramp E.S.

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