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Managing student fights at school: Strategic school safety planning for fight prevention and response

Posted by on January 3, 2024

School administrators and school safety professionals are seeing a noticeable increase in fighting, especially at the middle and high school levels, in the past two school years. Some fights are exceptionally large in number of students, highly aggressive, and at times involve persons from outside of the school who are not students. We put together […]

Applying Continuous Improvement models to school safety: Strengthening school security and emergency preparedness to move from “good” to “great”

Posted by on November 21, 2019

As educators, especially those with graduate and doctoral degrees, you have been exposed to “continuous improvement” and “improvement science” models as a foundation for strengthening curriculum, instruction, and school leadership.  But are you applying continuous improvement models to school safety, security, and emergency preparedness, as well? Continuous improvement models and school safety In Learning to […]

Children with Special Needs and the School Resource Officer (SRO)

Posted by on November 14, 2019

Numerous incidents of questionable interactions between School Resource Officers (SROs) or local police officers and children with special needs have shocked the public conscience in recent years.  These unsuccessful events, often recorded by students and posted on social media, have understandably drawn the attention of the national news media and education leaders.  We are often […]

School safety preparation tips for back-to-school

Posted by on July 27, 2016

Back-to-school means it is time for curriculum and scheduling tweaks, faculty meetings, parent communications and many other academic preparations.  It also is time to review school security, emergency preparedness, supervision and other school safety fundamentals that should be included in your district and/or building safety to-do lists at the start of each year. A few […]

School emergency plans for after-hour weather, natural disasters

Posted by on May 27, 2015

Several states and communities have recently been victimized by tornadoes and other severe weather.  Many of these types of storms and other weather events occur after normal school dismissal time.  How well prepared are your schools to manage an event of this nature when regular school operations are not in session? In our assessments we […]

School safety assessments: A career-saving action for new and experienced superintendents

Posted by on March 2, 2015

Recently I was speaking with a superintendent who is a client and a good friend. She mentioned that one of the best things she did in her first year as superintendent was have a safety and security assessment performed. Placing school safety at the top of the superintendent’s priority list The assessment was not on […]

Are schools wasting limited money on questionable security vendor products?

Posted by on February 25, 2015

Since the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School, far too many schools have been looking for the one practice or device that will guarantee school safety. Not surprisingly, many service and product vendors have tried to meet that desire. While few vendors have been successful in meeting that need, a large amount of school safety […]

Push for laminate window film raises questions on school security priorities, “expert” credibility

Posted by on September 12, 2014

Recently I read a news report where a well know national presenter was interviewed as a “school safety expert.” This law enforcement trainer was quoted as saying there are two steps all schools should take for school security: Training and “laminate” film to cover classroom windows. The training recommendation is certainly on-target, although we are […]

“Non-profit” school safety consultants: DO pay attention to the man behind the curtain

Posted by on September 4, 2014

In the legendary Wizard of Oz movie, Dorothy’s dog Toto unmasks the truth behind the smoke-and-mirrors of the Wizard by pulling back the curtain where this small man was controlling the imagery of his being something more than what he truly was in real life. This lesson from Oz is one that school superintendents and […]