Many people are concerned about the growing reports of school safety incidents. According to the Educator’s School Safety Network, U.S. schools experienced 745 bomb threats in the 2015–16 academic year.
Since 2013, there have been 210 school shootings, as reported by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. The escalation of school threats and violence is generating fear and anxiety in students, parents, and educators – and wasting precious learning time.
It’s important to realize that it’s no longer a matter of if a school safety incident is going to happen – instead, it’s when will it happen?
Administrators must be ready for the worst, leading the way in making schools safe and secure. What policies and practices should districts implement? How should leaders begin developing a school safety plan?
When tasked with improving the safety plan at Payson High School in Payson, AZ, Jeff Simon, assistant principal, followed these guiding principles.