National School Safety Day is organized by the Chinese government and celebrated annually on the last Monday in March since 1996.
Because students are in the age range that are minimally associated with mortality risks, their health has not been prioritized recently. However, approximately 1.25 million deaths among individuals aged 5 to 19 years were reported globally in 2017 (1). During a critical phase of life in which their chances of formative growth are greatly shaped and future patterns of lifelong wellbeing are potentially established, this group is deemed to be the cornerstone for the country’s development and deserves to be closely monitored (1). Among primary and secondary school students aged 6 to 18 years in our country, injury was the leading cause of death, accounting for over 50% of premature death with a significant proportion being preventable. Measures such as education, environmental modification, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation should be introduced based on rational effectiveness (2–3). Universal health coverage, improving healthcare awareness, development of healthier lifestyles, and environmental hazard modification should be adopted to prevent non-communicable and communicable diseases (4).
Government support, enforcement of legislation, education generalization, multisectoral cooperation, and stakeholder engagement should be initiated to promote health and well-being among primary and secondary school students, especially for preventing injuries (2–4).