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Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning

  • Kenneth S. Trump - National School Safety and Security Services, Cleveland, Ohio


April 2011 | 328 pages | Corwin

"The information in this landmark book will reduce school violence and save lives. I recommend it with the highest possible praise."
—Scott Poland, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Suicide and Violence Prevention
Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies

An all-in-one resource for keeping students safe

As concern about school safety continues to escalate, the need for heightened school security has never been more urgent. Educators want practical, cost-effective school safety strategies that come from credible sources and can be implemented quickly. Author Kenneth S. Trump has dedicated his career to making schools safer, and he delivers solutions in a concise and straightforward manner. The book begins with an overview of school security and the politics surrounding it, then provides nuts-and-bolts strategies for preventing violence and preparing for crises. The text covers today's hot topics such as:

  • Bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment
  • After-school, transportation, and athletic event security
  • Managing media and parent communications on safety and crises
  • Practical, cost-effective security and preparedness within tight budgets

Although school security can be an emotionally charged subject, this book stresses the importance of collecting data and acting rationally. Included are ideas for working with community leaders, police, parents, businesses, and political officials to improve school and community safety and security. The author's companion website keeps readers current with breaking news, free resources, and interactive dialogue on the latest developments in the school safety field.


 
Disclaimer and Legal Notices
 
Foreword by Dr. Scott Poland
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
I. Understanding and Managing School Safety
 
1. The Evolving Threats to School Security
The School Security Threat Continuum  
Internal and External Threats to School Safety  
Assessing Threats and Prioritizing Risk Reduction  
Roller Coaster Awareness, Policy, and Funding: The Biggest Ongoing Threat to School Safety  
 
2. The "Politricks" of School Security
Denial, Image, and Underreporting  
Awkward Circumstances Encourage Downplaying of School Safety  
Reality, Not Rhetoric  
 
3. Comprehensive School Safety Planning and Leadership
School Safety as a Leadership Issue  
Getting on the Same Page  
Overcoming Denial  
Financial Obstacles  
School Safety as a Public Relations Tool  
Community Ownership  
Tools for Balance  
Risk Reduction Framework  
 
II. Proactive School Security: Focusing on Fundamentals
 
4. School Security Assessments
Assessment Definition and Use  
Assessment Expectations, Best Practices, and Levels  
Who Should Assess  
Avoiding a Template Approach to School Security Assessments  
Focus Assessments on More Than Hardware and Manpower  
Evaluation Methods and Identifying Policy-Practice Disconnects  
Areas That May Be Evaluated in a School Security Assessment  
Benefits of Assessing  
 
5. School Security Strategies and Issues
Administration Building, Board Meeting, and Support Site Security  
Adult-Originated Violence  
After-Hours School Security: Activities and Community Use of Schools  
Arming Teachers and School Staff  
Athletic and Large Event Security  
Bomb Threats and Suspicious Devices  
Cell Phones, Camera Phones, and Text Messaging  
Computer Security Measures  
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design  
Drug-Sniffing Dogs  
Election Day Security  
Elementary School Security and Aggression by Younger Students  
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and School Safety  
Gangs  
Hotlines and Other Anonymous Reporting  
Lockers and Bookbags  
Personal Safety  
Personnel and Internal Security  
Physical Security  
Private, Independent, and Charter Schools  
Probation Officers in Schools  
School Resource Officers, School Police Departments, and School Security Departments  
School Security Equipment: Metal Detectors, Cameras, and Other Technology  
Sex Offenses  
Student Involvement in School Safety Planning  
Student Searches  
Special Education and School Safety  
Suicide  
Tasers and School-Based Police Officers  
Theft  
Training Staff on School Security and Emergency Preparedness  
Transportation Security  
Trespassing  
Truancy  
Uniforms and Dress Codes  
Vandalism  
Zero Tolerance and School Discipline  
 
6. Managing Bullying: Focusing on Supervision, Conduct Codes, School Climate, and Mental Health Strategies
Defining Bullying  
Bullying: One Threat on a Broad Threat Continuum  
The Mythical Attribution of Bullying as the Cause of School Shootings  
Bullycide, the Media, and the Contagion Effect  
Practical Anti-Bullying Strategies: Supervision, Security, Discipline, and Criminal Law  
School Climate Strategies  
Mental Health Support for Students  
Cyberbullying and Sexting  
Anti-Bullying Communication Strategies  
Political Hijacking of Bullying for Broader Social and Political Interests  
The Case Against Anti-Bullying Laws  
 
7. Preparing Schools for Terrorism
The Terrorist Threat to Schools: Soft Targets  
Domestic vs. International Terrorism  
Overcoming the Denial, Fear, Politics, and Naysayers  
Heightened Security Procedures for Schools  
Biological and Chemical Threats  
General Considerations in Times of Terrorism and War  
 
8. Managing School Safety on Tight Budgets
Practical School Safety Considerations on Limited Budgets  
Budgeting for School Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness  
Low-Cost and No-Cost School Safety Strategies  
 
9. Parents and School Safety
Practical Things Parents Can Do to Assess School Security and Emergency Preparedness  
How Parents Can Reduce Child Safety Risks at Home  
Steps Parents Can Take to Address School Safety Concerns  
 
III. Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools
 
10. Early Warning Signs of Violence
Concerns and Caveats  
Checklists and Gurus  
We Are Federal Agents and We Are Here to Help You  
Early Warning, Timely Response  
Frontline Observations  
Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Issues  
Another Call for Common Sense  
 
11. Assessing and Managing Threats
Threat Assessment Protocol  
Limitations  
 
12. Lessons Learned From School Crisis Incidents
Be Prepared, Not Scared  
Priority One: Emergency Preparedness  
Prevention: An Equal Priority  
Deal With Small Problems  
School Climate  
Overcoming Student Denial  
A Switch From Snitch  
Listen to Kids and Parents  
Rely on Local Data  
Why Suburban White Kids Kill  
Train Emergency Service Personnel  
Thinking Security When There Is Not a Crisis  
Buyer Beware: Overnight Experts, Gurus, and Gadgets  
 
13. Emergency Preparedness Planning and Preparation
Four Phases of Emergency Management  
Normalization Nonsense  
The Process  
Emergency Guideline Documents  
The Preparation  
Pulling It All Together  
 
14. Emergency Response and Crisis Management
Emergency Response: The First Half Hour  
Roles and Responsibilities  
Specific Considerations for Before, During, and After the Emergency Service Personnel Response  
 
15. The Postcrisis Crisis: Managing Media and Parent Communications
Managing Cell Phones, Text Messaging, and Social Media  
Developing Your Message: Parent Expectations After a Safety Incident  
An Inside Look at The Business Side of Today's Media  
Traditional School District Parent and Media Management: It Doesn't Work Today  
Getting Out Front on School Safety Communications  
Media Crisis Communications Guidelines  
Crisis Credibility and Reputation Management  
Lessons for the Media on Covering Ongoing Crises  
 
16. Preparing for the Postcrisis Crisis: Managing Mental Health, Security, Financial, Operational Continuity, Liability, and School-Community Political Issues
Mental Health Support for Grief and Healing  
Security and Emergency Preparedness Postcrisis Demands  
Financial and Continuity Of Operations Plans for Crisis Response and Recovery  
Litigation Preparedness  
School-Community Postcrisis Politics  
 
IV. Future Directions
 
17. State, Federal, and Academic Support for School Safety
State-Level Strategies  
The Federal Role  
Colleges of Education  
Where to Now?  
 
References
Recommended Readings  
 
Index

“Ken Trump's book outlines what he has demonstrated throughout his career: How schools can collaborate with law enforcement, emergency management, and mental health professionals for better crisis planning. I believe many of the incidents of school crises could have been, and should have been, prevented. The information in this landmark book will reduce school violence and save lives. I recommend it with the highest possible praise.”

Scott Poland, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Suicide and Violence Prevention
Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies

"This book is invaluable to education and safety leaders working daily on the front-lines to provide the safest, most secure learning environment possible in their schools. It is the next best thing to having Kenneth Trump working in your school district."

John Weicker, Director of Security
Fort Wayne Community Schools, IN

"Definitely a must-have desk reference for school principals. Ken offers need-to-know, practical school safety and emergency preparedness strategies not taught in “Principalship 101”!

 
Asia Jones, Executive Director for Student Support Services
Roanoke City Public Schools, VA

"Ken is the #1 authority on school safety issues surrounding the educational community."

Matthew McDevitt, Board Member
Pennsuaken Board of Education, NJ

"Ken Trump is the preeminent national authority on school safety and emergency preparedness planning, but he also thinks like a school administrator. In this book, Ken offers a comprehensive list of practical solutions to a myriad of issues that impact school personnel’s attempts to improve school safety and emergency preparedness. This book does not belong on a bookshelf. It belongs on the desk of every school administrator and teacher for immediate and frequent access."

John Hutton, Superintendent
Gurnee School District 56, IL

"This book is a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in ensuring that our schools are safe learning environments and that they are prepared to deal with any unexpected crises. The author is a highly experienced and respected expert in school safety and security, with decades of practical experience in schools throughout the country."

C. Ronald Huff, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society
University of California, Irvine

"There is no concern more chilling to school board members and superintendents than any issue related to school safety. This book uniquely captures current best practices in school safety and security that Ken Trump helped our school district and community implement over an 18-month period. The comprehensive consideration of school safety from the perspective of the leading national expert make this book an indispensable reference for school leaders at all levels."

Tom Evert, retired superintendent and Amy Van Deuren , former school board member
School District of Janesville, WI

"Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning is a priceless resource, especially for administrators expected to create and maintain safe learning environments. No other single volume provides a more comprehensive, relevant, and accurate guide for planning and practice."

Theodore J. Kowalski, Professor & the Kuntz Family Chair in Educational Administration
University of Dayton, OH

"Ken Trump has established himself as a leading advocate for school safety and security. This book raises the bar to a new level. This comprehensive, thoughtful and practical work will be used for years to come by those of us who are responsible for crisis planning and management within our school districts."

Linda Speer Graham, Crisis Coordinator
Nettleton School District, Jonesboro, AR

"We had the advantage of working directly with Ken and had immediate access to his wealth of knowledge on school safety. Having a book by him as a resource would be the next best thing."

Karen Schulte, Superintendent
School District of Janesville, WI
Key features

Readers will find straight-to-the-point information on school security and emergency preparedness. The book first looks at threats to school security and the politics surrounding it, and then moves right into the nuts-and-bolts strategies for preventing violence and preparing for crises.

Updates on topics in this book will be added to the author's web site at www.schoolsecurity.org. For timely and breaking updates on current trends, hot topics, free resources, news, opinion, and interactive dialogue on the latest developments in the school safety field, visit Trump's blog at www.schoosecurityblog.com and sign-up for daily email alerts.

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