School Safety & Security

Review this articles and resources on school safety and crisis management.

NSBA's School Safety Issue Brief 
Webinars and Videos
In the News
American School Board Journal and School Board News Today Articles
Research and Reports
Resources for School Attorneys
State School Board Associations and Other Resources:

Webinars and Videos:

Webinar: Dec. 21, 2012: Planning For and Managing the School Crisis You Hope Never Comes
Sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s Office of General Counsel and the Council of School Attorneys.

Video: Dec. 19, 2012: School Safety following Sandy Hook
Missouri School Boards' Association interviews Paul Fennewald of the Missouri Center for Education Safety on School Safety following Sandy Hook

In the News:

Jan.10, 2013: Newtown Parents Want Police to Stay at Schools
This Associated Press article quotes National School Boards Association General Counsel Francisco M. Negrón Jr. and Robert Rader, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

Dec. 28, 2012: Experts: Trained police needed for school security 
This Associated Press article quotes C. Ed Massey, President of the National School Boards Association 
Dec. 19, 2012: The National School Boards Association General Counsel Francisco M. Negrón Jr., was featured on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” discussing school safety and  how school boards across the U.S. develop and implement emergency plans.

American School Board Journal
and School Board News Today Articles:

School Board News Today Articles on School Safety and Security

Columbine's 10th Anniversary
Ten years after the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo. -- a day that is remembered as education’s 9/11—American School Board Journal interviewed school administrators and leaders in charge of the Jefferson County School District that day.

Communicating During a Crisis
School safety expert Ken Trump shows how school officials can communicate with internal and external constituents when responding to, and recovering from, a school safety incident. 

When Disaster Strikes Your Schools
Disasters come in many forms, both natural and manmade, but school districts that are prepared for the worst are better able to get back up and running in the aftermath. 

The Red Flags of School Safety 
School safety consultant Edward F. Dragan advises on standards.

A Measured Approach
After a series of deadly shootings, experts urge schools to take thoughtful steps to ensure safety.

Safe from Harm
School law expert Edwin Darden writes that in the wake of several school shootings, a get-tough stance is tempting, but compassion and conversations are just as important.

Investing in School Safety
Lack of oversight on safety issues can cost districts millions of dollars in the damages awarded each year to families of children injured at school. 

Disaster Plans
How to envision the uncertain, prepare and plan for it, then do it all over again. Common traits to effective emergency planning include widespread communication, duplication in roles, and flexibility. 

Research and Reports:

School Shootings and Student Mental Health - What Lies Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg
Recommendations created by William Dikel, M.D., Independent Consulting Psychiatrist, for NSBA's Council of School Attorneys. 

Student Perceptions of School Safety
Studies show that students who do not feel safe at school stay home. And when students aren't in school, they don't perform academically. The Center for Public Education’s Data First project discusses student perceptions and how school officials can help keep them safe.

Resources for School Attorneys:

18 U.S.C. Sec. 922(q)(2)-(4)

These documents below are available for Council of School Attorneys members:

School Violence: What to Do When Red Flags Appear

School Safety: Working Together to Keep Schools Safe

School Law Primer - School Safety: Legal Pointers for Public Schools: September 2012

Threat Assessment, Crisis Response, and Violence Prevention: Expected Challenges After Columbine and Virginia Tech Process Of Threat Assessment

State School Board Associations and Other Resources:

Connecticut Association of Boards of Education: Dealing with Tragedy

New York State School Boards Association:  “Tending to Our Youth” 
The report recommends specific actions that school districts can take to increase school safety, including ways to identify possible warning signs of students at-risk and provide support to students who do not feel that they belong in the school community. (March 2013)

Missouri Center for Education Safety
U.S. Department of Education: Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events

Additional Resources

School Safety Alert Partnership
Previously recalled products are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. The School Safety Alert Program alerts parents, schools and educators immediately to imminent dangers and allows them to remove potentially dangerous, even lethal, products from their homes and schools.

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