According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 828,000 students each year are victims of non-fatal victimization while on school property. This statistic is startling and demonstrates the importance of taking school safety seriously.
The real question is - is your k-12 school prepared? To help, we’ve compiled 4 components of a successful emergency preparedness or school safety plan:
1. Form a Team
In an emergency, you need to respond quickly. Ensure that every school administrator, parent, teacher and staff member on your team knows what their role is in the event of an emergency.
2. Define and Share Your School Safety Plan
Create an emergency preparedness plan that clearly states what behaviors are acceptable or not acceptable at your school. Train your school’s staff on the school safety plan, and promote that plan to parents.
3. Improve Student Relationships
The best way to prevent bullying, violence, drugs and more is to get students involved. When students feel invisible, they will go to any limit to get attention – good or bad. When your students feel that they’re playing an active role in school safety, they will response positively. For example, click here to read about a new strategy using peer mediation to prevent school bullying.
4. Implement a School Notification System
Critical situations like a school lockdown, student health emergency or unexpected school closure can happen at any time. Having a seamless way to communicate with parents, students and staff members during these events can become vital…and sometimes lifesaving. School notification systems help streamline communication across multiple channels: voice, email, SMS text, and social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.
Back-to-school doesn't need to mean back-to-worrying. Implement these 4 tips and start improving school safety today!