How Numbers Are Looking Up and Down in Terms of School Safety
An older news headline recently grabbed my attention, “Schools Ratchet Up Safety Protocol, But Some Lack Basic Infrastructure.” In it the author, Allie Bidwell, writes about how school safety statistics are on the rise, but a startling number still lack some of the key points that many expect to see in schools such as controlled access points, visitor check in, and manned surveillance cameras. She also touches on an important point in the beginning, leadership that is invested. Read More
Schools focus a lot of their time on increasing safety and making the inside of their facility as secure as possible by keeping unwanted visitors out and monitoring who accesses the buildings. But many outdoor events take place during a school year including sporting events and games, field days, and car washes for fundraising. It is critical to safety and security that efforts are put in to controlling and managing risk at outdoor events at your school, not just securing the interior during normal school hours.
Creating a secure environment for guests at an outdoor event should be a priority. Provide that security to your guests by hiring or recruiting extra security for large events such as rival sports games. Emotions are often on edge and can create an incident quickly. Additional security means more eyes on guests which can minimize an incident before it happens or before it escalates.
4 Common Methods to Communicate with Parents During an Incident
When a school crisis strikes, the first priority is safety for all students, staff, and visitors on the campus. Once a safe environment is stabled, the second priority is alerting parents and guardians and informing them of reunification procedures. With the advancement of technology there are many forms of communication to utilize when notifying parents. Keep reading to learn about the 4 most popular methods used to notify parents of a school crisis. Read More
When I started interviewing a school resource officer and a campus officer, I thought that their jobs would be very similar in the fact that their sole purpose was to deter crime and violence in the respective school setting. For the most part, they do the same types of things every day, but the other aspects that make up their jobs are much different. Today, we are going to see how a school resource officer and a campus officer are used in different capacities in their schools.
First I want to clarify that a school resource officer is used in k-12 settings and that a campus officer is utilized in higher education. Both are typically employed by a local law enforcement agency and both also hold jurisdictions outside of their school. Read More
Learn How the All-Hazards Emergency Management System Meets Your School’s Needs for Increased Safety & Security
Most schools have federal and state issued laws they must adhere to in terms of emergency preparedness and crisis management. Juggling different requirements can be hard and trying to meet them can easily deplete a school’s budget. Having an all-hazards emergency management system is one of the most effective ways to stay within budget and meet expected requirements. Rapid Responder, a product of Prepared Response, Inc., offers schools and other facilities a simple web-based system to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies. Rapid Responder meets critical needs, law requirements, and is SAFETY Act certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read More
Complimentary Webinar for Oregon Education Leaders
Long gone are the days of keeping emergency plans in binders and distributing amended documents through email! Oregon schools and other education entities are invited to join us on February 11 at 10 am PT, as we showcase Rapid Responder, emergency preparedness and crisis management system. Take your response plans out of the binder and into the cloud, where all entities can view and perform procedures quickly and easily on any device.
Rapid Responder, by Prepared Response, Inc., has been implemented in every k12 campus across Washington, empowering schools to plan, prepare and respond quickly and efficiently during any emergency. Join them and get your Oregon campus implemented with this robust system. Read More
Public school or private school? Which is safer? Many parents wish of sending their children to private school where class sizes are smaller, books are newer, and the focus is on more than test scores. But is private school any safer than public school? Many people believe private schools are safer and more secure for their children than public schools; however, some studies have shown that private schools do not put as much funding toward safety and security, creating a less safe environment and giving people a false hope. Read More
Planning, Preparing & Actively Working Toward Safer Schools
Planning plays a key role in the preparedness process. All-hazards planning is the best avenue to take with some special precautions for specific hazards like a workplace violence event. With the unfortunate circumstances we are faced with these days, having written plans for how to handle an active shooter incident, to include lockdown procedures, is one key aspect; however, plans are not enough. School staff, including teachers, administrators and facility and support staff need to understand their roles. Orientation sessions for staff is critical so they understand the plan. After planning and preparing, announced and unannounced drills should be scheduled so both students and staff are familiar with how to react as safely as possible. Drills also provide “muscle” memory for everyone. These physical rehearsals with all people participating is a great way to provide a calm atmosphere when there is a dangerous incident ongoing. Read More
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. Read More
When an incident presents itself at a school, it is imperative to get first responders on the scene as quickly as possible. Some school districts have a policy that says only authorized school administrators can dial 9-1-1 for help. Today we are going to discuss some pros to this policy, and explain how the cons may outweigh the positive aspects. Read More