School is almost back in session. Many school districts reconvene classes around Labor Day. Sometimes before the holiday, and sometimes after. Regardless, there is still time to ensure that these school safety tips are heeded and that your campus becomes more secure than ever before.
Create ID Badges
Many schools use already ID badges. On many college campuses, the ID card is also used as a student access card to hold meal plan information and work like a debit card. Something similar could be adapted at K-12 schools. Visitor badges are a necessary component of policies that allow outsiders to enter the grounds and move about the buildings. Taking these concepts and elevating them to the next level not only fits with the times but can increase your overall school security as well.
Review Rules about Violence
Violence in schools has been a hot button issue for decades. However, in the past several years, it has become even more of an urgent topic for discussion during school safety reviews. Before the new year begins, it is worth it to reconsider existing zero-tolerance policies for physical threats, intimidation, and other forms of violence, whether from ordinary bullying to disturbing social media posts. Being proactive against bullying can also forestall other problems, especially when mental health is considered just as important as physical fitness.
Organizing your classrooms is also incredibly important. All students and teachers should take pride in their educational domains. The classroom space often doesn’t get the respect it deserves. When an organized classroom is maintained, it can help eliminate unnecessary distractions that interfere with learning and teaching alike. Plus they are safer to get in and out of. There isn’t any clutter blocking doors or windows in case of an emergency where evacuation becomes vital, such as during a fire drill or an actual fire.
Focus on Fire Safety
Focusing on fire safety is also essential. Many schools run fire drills early on in the school year. These procedures are covered before the year begins as faculty, staff, and administrators come together to go over changes to existing policies and start training sessions to better the students under their care. Safety tips, escape routes, and how to use extinguishers are also important topics to talk about and refine as the year begins. Look at it this way: a detailed refresher will benefit everyone!
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