During the summer, K-12 and campus school leaders get a break from students, but that doesn't mean there is a shortage of things to do. Safety planning is on every school's summer to-do list. Here are a few tips to consider before students crowd school hallways this fall.
- Assess the risks – School safety plans should be developed according to the needs and requirements of the university, school district and/or community. Conduct an overall assessment to identify any common risks, as well as the safety measures that have worked well in the past and those that have fallen short.
- Review existing plans – Summer is a good time to reexamine all current emergency preparation plans to ensure information is up-to-date. Make any necessary updates to guarantee emergency contact information, building specifics and safety protocols are current. Also, determine if additional plans are needed for new school facilities or for any other emergency scenarios.
- Readdress communication procedures – Emergency plans are only effective if they are shared appropriately with students, teachers, faculty and staff. Take a look at the processes used to communicate plans and verify that they are reaching your constituents. If enhanced communication is something you want to achieve, consider the value of a mobile safety platform, like SchoolDude's CrisisManager. CrisisManager can help extend safety plans from paper-based materials to mobile devices, making them widely available during any emergency.
Reviewing safety plans from top to bottom can be a daunting process, but the summer presents the perfect opportunity for ensuring emergency preparation and response plans are up-to-date and effective for keeping schools safe all year long.