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Safe & Secure Schools
27 Strategies for Prevention and Intervention



August 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with American Association of School Administrators

"When it comes to student and staff safety, there are no excuses. The authors have created a handbook that is comprehensive, explicit, and relevant to educational environments."
—Darlene R. Jones, Principal
Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO

"Brunner and Lewis have done an outstanding job creating a series of commonsense reminders that will guide school leaders in creating and enhancing safety in their school and community."
—Ronald Stephens, Executive Director
National School Safety Center

Make a difference in school safety and security with these practical, realistic strategies!

This timely resource for new, veteran, and aspiring school administrators offers cost-effective techniques for creating a safe environment for students, staff, and the community. The authors use their experience in education and law enforcement to show how administrators can combine the need for a secure campus with the desire to maintain an open, welcoming environment.

Succinct and user-friendly, this handbook offers practical, realistic methods for designing general and event-specific safety plans, forming safety committees, and creating security checklists and visitor screening procedures. Sections on staff training include methods for handling harassment and bullying as well as recommendations for:

  • Helping prevent or minimize a potential crisis
  • Facilitating a stronger, more informed response when needed
  • Aiding in school recovery and a return to normalcy

For easy reference, readers will find strategies organized by categories and concluding with a top ten list of security recommendations.


 
Foreword by Dr. Gerald Tirozzi
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Planning
Strategy 1: Starting the School Year: A Checklist for Safety and Security  
Strategy 2: The Principal's Homework: What Does Your Teacher Handbook Say About Safety and Security?  
Strategy 3: Strategic Supervision: The Foundation for School Safety  
Strategy 4: A Safety Game Plan for Cocurricular Events  
Strategy 5: On the Road Again: Discipline Investigations Away From School  
Strategy 6: Visitor Check-In and Screening Procedures: It's More Than Just Signing the Visitor Log  
Strategy 7: Ensuring the Safe Evacuation of Students With Physical Disabilities During an Emergency  
Strategy 8: Invest in a Safety Committee: Creating Strategies You Can Bank On  
Strategy 9: Speaking of School Safety: Creating a Conversation Within the School Community  
Strategy 10: Closing Out the School Year  
 
2. 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  
 
3. Professional Development
Strategy 20: Is Your School Up to Speed on Safety?  
Strategy 21: What Teachers Must Know About Safety  
Strategy 22: Training Support Staff to Respond Appropriately  
Strategy 23: Intimidation, Harassment, and Bullying: Fear Factors in the Twenty-First-Century School  
Strategy 24: Holiday Blues: Responding to Seasonally Despondent Students  
Strategy 25: Tabletop Exercises: The Ultimate Tool for School Safety Training  
Strategy 26: There's No "Substitute" for Good Safety  
 
4. Top Ten
Strategy 27: School Safety's Top Ten: The Top Ten Things to Remember When Creating a Safe School Environment  
 
Resources
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"An indispensable resource for practicing administrators and central office personnel. When it comes to student and staff safety, there are no excuses. The authors have created a handbook that is comprehensive, explicit, and relevant to educational environments."

Darlene R. Jones, Principal
Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO

"Brunner and Lewis have done an outstanding job creating a series of commonsense reminders that will guide school leaders in creating and enhancing safety in their school and community."

Ronald Stephens, Executive Director
National School Safety Center

"A pioneering leap for school safety. It should be in the hands of every school leader."

Roberto Gonzalez, Jr., Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator
Victoria ISD, TX

"A definite asset to all administrators involved with safety and crisis response planning and protocols in their districts. The succinct information can be used to effectively train staff, students, and the community to help ensure a safe and secure school."

Roddie S. Miller, Safety Administrator
Omaha Public Schools, NE
Key features
  • Hands-on and cost-effective strategies for immediate use 
  • Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals 
  • Includes sample planning worksheets and tabletop scenarios

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Dr. Gerald Tirozzi

Introduction

Chapter 1: Planning


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