Back-to-School Safety: Leveraging Technology To Keep Students Safe
It’s time for back-to-school excitement, bringing with it shiny new school supplies, a fresh new wardrobe, new classroom, and … new school safety procedures?
The latter is decidedly less exciting and a relative newcomer to the standard checklist of expectations for the new school year. But now, it’s firmly a part of the landscape of U.S. schools in the 21st century.
And it’s no surprise. We’ve all seen the headlines. So today, school safety is more complex than ever before – which is why thousands of schools and districts rely on technology to better manage compliance and prevent serious safety incidents across their campuses.
Such programs, like our SafeSchool’s safety suite, are proven to help busy administrators save time and money, but most importantly, they can help make a school even safer for students, staff, and parents.
Here are just a few ways SafeSchools can help.
3 Ways SafeSchools Can Help with School Safety Programs
The Anonymous Tip Reporting System
Students often know what’s happening before you do. Our 24/7, 365 SafeSchools Alert Tip Reporting System lets you stay connected so you can prevent safety incidents before they occur in our web-based system. And with our anonymous system, staff is immediately notified of every tip to easily track, manage and resolve incidents.
Our anonymous tip system helps to:
- Immediately log every tip in the custom alert system and notify appropriate staff members.
- Automate workflow for many of the steps involved in tip resolution.
- Delegate tips to colleagues who can investigate, manage and resolve tips.
- Monitor safety trends by victim, offender, building, and incident type with administrative reports.
No school district is immune to bullying and threats of violence. In fact, every seven minutes a child is bullied at school and 1 in 3 teens report being bullied in their lifetime, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. So understandably, bullying prevention has become a major focal point for school districts, staff, and parents over the last few years, and many states have even created laws to help stop bullying.
Our bullying prevention courses help you:
- Implement a school-wide program where all staff works towards the common goal of reducing bullying.
- Survey students to determine the extent of the problem and to solicit student recommendations.
- Recognize that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are often the target of bullying.
- Implement programs designed to reach bystanders and gain a commitment from them to take action.
- Learn to investigate the incidents by interviewing the victim, perpetrator and any witnesses.
- Teach staff to recognize bullying and take immediate action to stop bullying when it occurs.
- Increase staff supervision in areas where bullying occurs the most.
Active Shooter Training
A recent study by the FBI found that the rate of active shooter incidents in the United States now averages more than one per month. Further, a new FBI statistics show the second most common location of an active shooter incident is a school, including K-12 and higher education institutions. As such, active shooter training prepares personnel for active shooters, addressing any active aggressor, regardless weapon.
Our active shooter courses help you:
- Know the facts about school shootings.
- Understand how to reduce the likelihood of active shooter situations.
- Learn evidence-based methods to improve the odds of survival during an active shooter event.
- List actions to take in the event of an active shooter situation.
School safety and the dangers for students today are not always a pleasant topic, but it’s our reality – and one that merits thoughtful discussion, immediate attention, careful preparation, and effective training. And the time is now. If you’re ready to focus on school safety so your administrators, staff, and students can focus on what matters most – teaching and learning – contact SafeSchools today.