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K-12 Schools Are Facing New Security Concerns – 5 Tips to Improve School Safety

Posted by Nina Caliri on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 12:09 PM

Did you know there have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre? That’s 74 school shootings in just 4 years!

Here are some other statistics from a 2015 survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control:

  • 8% reported being in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months before the survey.
  • 5% reported being bullied electronically during the 12 months before the survey.
  • 2% reported being bullied on school property.
  • 1% reported carrying a weapon on school property on one or more days in the 30 days before the survey.

In less than a generation, k-12 schools have entered a complex world of new security concerns. The focus has switched from routine fire drills to creating school lockdown procedures to prevent unwanted intruders.

So how can k-12 school administrators best protect students and staff, when their expertise is curriculum, not security? While this may be a starting point, here are a few school safety tips:

1. Zero-Tolerance
Have a zero-tolerance policy for the presence of weapons, alcohol and illegal drugs.

2. Strict Attendance
Deny students permission to leave school for any non-school related activities during the school day.

3. ID Systemclearbackpack.jpg
Create a positive identification system requiring ID badges for administrators, teachers, students and visitors.

4. Dress Code
Enforce a dress code policy banning any form of gang-related clothing or require students wear clear backpacks.

5. Sharing System
Create a system between your school and law enforcement for sharing information about at-risk youth.

What are you doing at your school to promote school safety? Share your thoughts on our blog!

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