Six No-Cost Safety Strategies for Schools

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December 9th, 2010

This is a fantastic quick read from Kenneth S Trump posted on District Administration in September, 2010. One of particular interest for us – being a trusted advisor for so many schools in Wisconsin – the comment about non-traditional partners. Your insurance agency should most definitely be a part of these conversations. At R&R Insurance we have an in-house resource center dedicated to improving safety as well as connections with external resources that our district clients utilize – our clients are right on track with this!

From Kenneth Trump’s article:
School budgets are tight, but there are still many things school leaders can do to keep schools safe.

1) The five-minute safety rule. Take five minutes at every faculty meeting to discuss one topic from your school’s safety or crisis plan.

2) Diversify drills. Conduct lockdown drills during nontraditional times such as lunch periods, during student arrival, and just prior to dismissal. Block exits (unannounced) during fire drills to teach students and staff to think on their feet. Lock down one section of your school while evacuating another area during the same drill.

3) Engage students. Draw students into school safety plans through student-leader group discussions, poster contests and increasing awareness of drills. Train students not to open exterior doors for strangers during the school day.

4) Reach out to nontraditional partners. Work with your county emergency management agency (EMA) to update crisis plans, participate in drills with first-responders, and collaborate on joint applications for security grants.

5) Hold mini-tabletop exercises. Build abbreviated tabletop scenarios into faculty meetings and district wide principal meetings several times during each school year.

6) Conduct safety roundtables. Add an agenda item to district principal meetings.

Contact Bill Hattendorf - R&R’s School Practice Group Leader about your school district today!


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