New Year, New Goals: School Safety Goals
Create Attainable Safety Goals to Increase School Preparedness
For many people, a new year means new resolutions and a new start. As 2016 begins, start the New Year off on the right foot with new and updated school safety goals. If your school doesn’t have safety goals, begin by writing them, if you do, reflect back on the goals you met over the last year and write new ones for this year. There are always goals to be met when it comes to school safety, the students, and the staff.
Writing safety goals is simple. Get together with your school safety team and discuss some of the safety incidents that happened last year. Decide together whether there are any attainable goals that can be met from those past incidents. It may be to reduce the number of staff injuries, or to have a more secure student drop off and pick up system. No matter the goals, write them out and put them into attainable categories such as a time frame it will take to meet that particular goal. Once written, distribute the goals to those who will help meet them whether it be staff or parents. Post them in your school and let your community know your school is dedicated to safety.
Even more important than writing safety goals, are the types of safety goals you should have. Given a schools typically limited budget and resources, easily attained goals should be set first with larger, costly goals set over an extended period of time. Examples could be holding one additional training event per month or per quarter for your staff, or training 5 additional staff members on triage protocol in case of a major emergency. Your school safety goals may also include simple tasks such as updating your chemical lists, quantities, and locations.
Safety goals can be large or small, but they must be attainable over a designated amount of time. At the beginning of a new school year, set aside time during your safety team meeting to discuss how you reached last year’s goals (if applicable). If you missed the mark on any goals from the previous year, brainstorm ways you can succeed at meeting them this year. Write and plan your new safety goals to enhance your school’s safety initiatives for the year ahead.