Protecting Our Schools

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The days for public school security have arrived, and we, as educators, must take every precaution to protect the health, security, and wellbeing of every member who enters the school’s environment. Providing a safe and healthy environment for all students and employees begins with an increased awareness of school security, safety, and health issues. All individuals within the school should know that security and health are the school’s main priorities. Additionally, school leaders must communicate to every individual within the school that each school employee also bears a personal responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy school environment.

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  • The Safe school planning processes involves the continual analysis of base line data that identifies problems of school safety issues. The safe school planning process starts with a safe school study or assessment tools used to determine the extent of... school safety problem. Once the safety-related problems of the school are identified, a plan is developed for their resolution by developing and implementing change strategies that will impact identified safety issues within the school. These identified areas are targeted within the following framework to ensure an ongoing analysis of issues that effect the safe operation of our school. Control Of Campus Accesses Develop A Comprehensive System wide Safe Schools Plan Establish A State-Of-The-Art Emergency Communications Center Establish Uniform Visitor Screening Procedures Require Picture Identification Cards for Each Student And Staff Member Establish A Crisis Response Plan Conduct an Annual Review Limit Opportunities to Transport and Store Contraband Ban Forms Of Non-Physical Intimidation Train Students To Take Responsibility For Their Own Safety Create an Active Student Component
  • Protecting Our Schools

    1. 1. SCHOOL VIOLENCE PROTECTING OUR SCHOOLS Safe School Planning _______________________ A Check List for Developing A Safe School Plan Clicking on a figure will activate resources.
    2. 2. Laws <ul><li>Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>The Safe School Committee Law </li></ul><ul><li>Drug-Free School Zones </li></ul><ul><li>School Bullying Prevention Act </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy and Fit Kids Act of 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>School Emergency Management Plans </li></ul>What laws regulate safe school plans?
    3. 3. Safe School Planning <ul><li>School safety will be placed at the top of the educational agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>A school wide plan will be established, and reviewed and completed each year. </li></ul><ul><li>The school wide safety plan will be developed collaboratively with parents, students, educators, law enforcers, and other community leaders who represent the racial and ethnic balance of the community. </li></ul>What is a safe school plan?
    4. 4. Components of Safe School Plan <ul><li>Control Of Campus Accesses </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Communications Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Visitor Screening Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis Response Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Adequate Adult Supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Ban Forms Of Non-Physical Intimidation </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Teacher & Student Training Programs </li></ul>What is included in a safe school plan?
    5. 5. Assessment & Evaluation Tools <ul><li>Security Assessment Profile </li></ul><ul><li>School Bullying Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Incident Profiling </li></ul>What assessments should be included in developing a safe school plan?
    6. 6. Identify Specific Responsibilities <ul><li>Specific policies and procedures that detail staff members' responsibilities for security will be developed. </li></ul><ul><li>These responsibilities may include monitoring hallways and restrooms, patrolling parking lots, and providing supervision at before- and after-school activities. </li></ul>Who is responsible for keeping the school safe?
    7. 7. Control Of Campus Accesses <ul><li>Continuing efforts will be made to minimize the number of campus entrance and exit points used daily. </li></ul><ul><li>Access points to school grounds will be limited and supervised on a regular basis by individuals who are familiar with the student body. </li></ul><ul><li>Campus traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, should flow through areas that can be easily and naturally supervised. </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery entrances used by vendors will be checked regularly. </li></ul>How will you control access points?
    8. 8. <ul><li>Through responsible planning, many potential problems will be avoided. </li></ul><ul><li>A good crisis plan will focuses on crisis prevention, preparation, management, and resolution. It will also identify community resources and agencies that serve students. </li></ul><ul><li>The crisis response plan will include step-by-step procedures for various types of crisis situations. </li></ul>Establish A Crisis Response Plan How often should school safety plans be reviewed ?
    9. 9. <ul><li>A school communications network will be established to link classrooms and schoolyard supervisors with the front office or security staff, as well as with local law enforcement and fire departments. </li></ul><ul><li>The campus will have at least three radios with one cellular phone capable for use in emergency situations. </li></ul><ul><li>All classrooms will have working emergency buzzers or call buttons. </li></ul>Emergency Communications What can be done to improve communications?
    10. 10. <ul><li>Signs directing persons to the office should be placed in strategic, visible locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Visitors should be required to sign in at the school office, and visibly display a visitor's badge. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and staff will be trained to courteously address all visitors. &quot;May I help you?&quot; is a kind, non-threatening way to begin. </li></ul>Uniform Visitor Screening Procedures What methods should be used to screen visitors?
    11. 11. <ul><li>Being able to identify enrolled students from non-students and guests is critical. An effective picture identification system will enhance the control and management of the campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Authorized parent volunteers and school visitors also should display clearly identifiable badges or name tags. </li></ul>Picture Identification Cards How can the school identify intruders?
    12. 12. <ul><li>Ensure that behavior expectations are clearly communicated. </li></ul><ul><li>School policies will reflect behavior expectations outlined in federal, state, county, and local statutes or ordinances. </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate a clearly defined locker policy. Students and parents will be notified that the lockers are school property. </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing school-owned locks to students requiring that students use only locks for which the school has combinations. </li></ul>Review the Student Handbook What policies will ensure safe school practices?
    13. 13. Limit Contraband <ul><li>Put in place when possible guidelines to prevent the opportunity to store contraband may include: </li></ul><ul><li>allowing only clear plastic or mesh book bags, or no book bags at all; eliminating lockers; </li></ul><ul><li>establishing a coat check area for oversized articles of clothing capable of shielding weapons; </li></ul><ul><li>giving students two sets of textbooks, one for home and one for school, to eliminate the need for book bags; and reducing the amount of time for class changes. </li></ul>What methods can be used to limit contraband?
    14. 14. <ul><li>A life skill curriculum that focuses on good decision making, responsible citizenship, and conflict resolution. </li></ul><ul><li>A curriculum that emphasizes courtesy and thoughtfulness. </li></ul><ul><li>Involve students in planning and managing student events, campus beautification and crime reporting. Student participation promotes responsible student development, enabling them to be a part of the solution rather than being perceived as a part of the problem. </li></ul>Student Involvement What can be done to include students?
    15. 15. <ul><li>A life skill curriculum that focuses on good decision making, responsible citizenship, and conflict resolution. </li></ul><ul><li>A curriculum that emphasizes courtesy and thoughtfulness. </li></ul><ul><li>Involve students in planning and managing student events, campus beautification and crime reporting. Student participation promotes responsible student development, enabling them to be a part of the solution rather than being perceived as a part of the problem. </li></ul>Bully Proofing the School What can be done to decrease bullying incidents?
    16. 16. <ul><li>Prior to the start of each school year, training sessions will be held for all school personnel and security personnel to review school safety procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>School staff will be informed and regularly updated on safety plans through in-service training. </li></ul><ul><li>The training will include not only the certified staff, but also classified staff, as well as part-time and substitute employees. </li></ul>Conduct Annual Safety Training What can be done to increase safety awareness?
    17. 17. <ul><li>Twice a year the school will conduct an annual safety assessment of its safe school plan because safe school planning is an ongoing process. </li></ul><ul><li>The evaluation component is a continuing reality check and refinement of the safe school actions and attitudes that the team wishes to create. </li></ul><ul><li>The assessment may reveal that additional steps should be taken to improve adult supervision, revise curricula, or establish new programs. </li></ul>Conduct Annual Review How often should school safety plans be reviewed ?
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