Protecting Our Educators: The Impact of Burnout on School Security

March 4, 2024
Ron Stefanski


In a recent bonus segment of “Secured,” Ron Stefanski, host of the Disrupted podcast, shed light on a pressing issue in the education sector: the surge in burnout and turnover among teachers, especially in K-12 schools.

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the burnout challenges faced by educators, with many reaching a breaking point and opting to leave the profession altogether. Overnight, teachers were thrust into the daunting task of transitioning to remote learning environments, grappling with technology barriers and managing students’ limited attention spans.

These challenges have had a profound impact on educational outcomes, evident in the learning loss recorded over the past few years. Looking ahead, Stefanski emphasizes the need for comprehensive support systems for teachers, including adequate compensation and wraparound services.

As parents witnessed firsthand the Herculean efforts of teachers during the pandemic, delivering instruction and accommodations to students while ensuring their safety, Stefanski underscores the importance of prioritizing teacher well-being in the months and years to come. This not only safeguards the mental and physical health of educators but also plays a vital role in maintaining school security and fostering a conducive learning environment.

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