Notwithstanding highly publicized incidents of school violence, educational institutions remain among the safest places for children and adolescents. However, because it is simply impossible to guarantee the safety of all students at all schools 24/7, school administrators need to do more in improving campus security and preventing violence.
One option is to encourage students and teachers to be proactive in their own safety. More than anyone else, students and teachers are the best source of information about what’s happening on campus. This can be a useful tool in preventing potential violence. Setting up a hotline or a website where students, parents, and even teachers can report threats or suspicious activities anonymously can go a long way in mitigating risks.
Establishing a good identification card program is another effective way of making schools safer. ID badging systems are relatively easy to implement and are generally cost-effective. Having an ID system allows school administrators to know who is on campus at all times.
Sophisticated visitor management systems allow schools to monitor and track unscheduled visitors. Some even connect directly into law enforcement databases to check for criminals and registered sex offenders. These systems are also able to store local information such as terminated employees and suspended or expelled students. Schools that operate on a tight budget can manage unexpected visitors using expiring badges.
Doing regular risk assessments and crisis preparedness planning enables school administrators and teachers to respond immediately and adequately during actual emergencies.
The foregoing are just some of the measures school administrators and policy makers can take to keep our schools safe. Ultimately, the task of keeping our kids safe is a shared responsibility that should be taken seriously by everybody.
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