Implementing School Safety: Policies, Procedures and Practices
As suggested in your readings, there are many aspects critical for leaders to consider when creating and supporting safe educational organizations. Leaders are challenged to be experts not only in facilities management, but also in the development of policies that ensure physical and emotional well-being of students and staff. With a firm understanding of school organization safety policies, procedures, and practices, leaders will be able to practice prevention via effective implementation.
Please refer to each activity, within Activity Resources, for the required readings.
Assignment 3 Developing a District-wide Safety Proposal
Developing a District-wide safety proposal is critical to the safety of teachers, staff and students. The district must have safety plans in which any circumstance could trigger a plan for safety. This plan includes communication with students, administration, teachers, parents, and the media. The school board should be versed in the plan and be able to support the actions of the administration. Working with local police and fire officials as well as community leaders will assist the schools is successfully activating and carrying out a plan.
Watch the following video about developing a School Safety Plan:
Developing a School Safety Plan
• Article: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free
Schools, Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for
Schools and Communities, Washington, D.C., 2003.
• Brunner, J. M., & Lewis, D. K. (2009)., Chapter 2
o Response Strategies
? Strategy 11: Planning for School Emergencies: Part 1
? Strategy 12: Planning for School Emergencies: Part 2
? Strategy 13: Assessing Student Threats of Violence: A School’s Response to a Growing Problem
? Strategy 14: De-escalating an Angry Parent: You’ll Never Have to Answer for What You Don’t Say
? Strategy 15: Fights at School: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
? Strategy 16: Head ‘Em Up! Move ‘Em Out!: Relocating Students During an Emergency Event
? Strategy 17: Student Searches: A Practical Application
? Strategy 18: Managing Electronic Devices: Sending the Right “Signals” to Parents and Students
? Strategy 19: Full-Court Press: A Media Management Plan
1. Read the following article:
a. Read the article: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, Washington, D.C., 2003.
2. Revisit Brunner, J.M., & Lewis, D.K. (2009)., Chapter 2
Main Task: Consensus Building for Safety
At this point in the Activity, you have watched a video on developing a school safety plan, read the article, Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities and revisited Chapter 2: Response Strategies in the text. For this next task, you will develop a proposal for the administrators of your district about the implementation of a district-wide safety plan. Please include the following in your proposal:
• Objective of paper
• Include why this is important to key stakeholders (consensus)
• Identify a minimum of three safety and/or crisis management plan structures to help select the most critical components that could be utilized for your plan.
• Assessment of current district-wide safety standards and plans
• Identify best practices
• Individual school plans
• Include how individual and district plans work together
• Include how the community is included in your plan
• Reference Page
Need assistance writing a proposal? Visit the following links for ideas relating to constructing a proposal:
• Sample Proposal
• Guide for Proposal Writing – National Science Foundation
Support your paper with 5 resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 5-7 pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to the University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.
Learning Outcomes: 3, 5, 6, 7
Assess and recommend the principles of school safety in creating safe learning environments.
Evaluate a school’s safety and crisis management/intervention plans.
Synthesize current school safety best practices into a safety and crisis intervention plan.
Summarize the role of the wider school community in the promotion of safe learning environments.