Schools are ideally meant to be among the safest places for learners. However, in recent times, there have been numerous incidences of attacks and accidents on scholars, both young and adults.
The attacks have been emanated both externally and internally and resulted in massive injuries and, at times, death. It is, therefore, necessary to come up with strategies to improve safety in these institutions.
The strategies should be to incorporate all stakeholders from the management to the learners to be successful. Below are highly effective tips to enhance safety and security in schools.
1. Assess the institution’s safety and security
You need to run a thorough assessment of the entire complex with the aim of identifying the loopholes that could pose a threat to the safety of learners and tutors. The involvement of experts mainly from the security industry and the essential services can also be of great help during the assessment.
Identify possible weakness in the security fence, monitoring systems, lighting, and power lines among others. Consider the recommendations resulting from the assessment on how to cover the loopholes identified.
For instance, if the pathways pose a risk to learners, you can install digital speed signs and traffic-monitoring radar gun systems. They can help control traffic flow within the institution and also monitor who comes in and leaves the complex.
2. Create, publicize, and practice a plan
Another major strategy of addressing safety and security is by drafting a policy that defines norms and behaviors for the institution. The policy will be useful in defining interactions between the staff and the learners especially on how to address violent and delicate situations.
It can also be used to guide interaction with relatives and other outsiders and define the safety measures and crises management strategies to be used. Once the plan has been created, it is necessary to sensitize the entire community about it to make them fully understand what is expected of them.
Regular training of the staff and the students should be conducted especially in the beginning of a new academic calendar. In addition, ensure that the procedures are practiced severally.
3. Set up a clear communication system
Communication is critical in any setting with many people such as a school. Having a clearly outlined communication channel can be useful in responding to and addressing a crisis situation as soon as it occurs. You can equip staff members with radio calls and smartphones.
You can also have smoke sensors and sirens strategically placed to offer signals in the event of a fire outbreak. As management, you need to ensure you have an updated and accessible database of all the students, staff members, and parents.
You should also encourage the students to develop a culture of openly communicating with the tutors and management in case they notice anything suspicious. The school also needs to have emergency contacts clearly displayed for ease of reach by all. The contacts should be distributed to strategic locations within the complex.
Enhancing school safety is a responsibility that should be shared by all stakeholders. The involvement of the parents, staff members and students fraternity, will make the tips discussed above easily implementable and successful.