School Safety Tips by Dr. Sonayia Shepherd

Anyone can promote safety in school. While school safety assessments are important, maintaining a safety and orderly environment is everyone’s job and should be included in daily routines. The following points are great ways to promote safety in your school.

  • Create effective student supervision
  • Maintain the school in good physical condition
  • Evaluate school safety
  • Reward students for appropriate behavior
  • Enforce consequences for inappropriate behavior
  • Set clear rules and standards
  • Provide consistent sanctions for infractions
  • Use contracts with students to reinforce behavioral expectations
  • Post behavioral policies on bulletin boards; periodically announce them over the public address system
  • Initiate anti-bullying, conflict resolution and peer mediation programs
  • Engage students, staff and parents in planning school safety activities
  • Increase number and accessibility of counselors, social workers, and mentors
  • Make sure that staff members are present and supervising students throughout the school building including hallways and bathrooms
  • Create anonymous tip lines or suggestion boxes for reporting potentially dangerous situations or providing ideas to improve school climate
  • Provide more in-school options to “blow off steam”
  • Develop strategies to promote safety during lunch periods, at recess and between classes; provide more structured activities during lunch hour
  • Provide accommodation or time-out rooms throughout the day
  • Provide in-school suspension programs with academic supports and consistent staffing
  • Develop a school safety plan

We hope you find these school safety tips to be helpful.

Dr. Sonayia Shepherd (Sony) is the Chief Operating Officer of Safe Havens International.  The author of 16 books on school safety and emergency management, Sony’s work has taken her to many countries including Switzerland, Thailand, Indonesia, Haiti, Guatemala, Angola, South Africa and India.

A popular keynote speaker, Dr. Shepherd has presented at numerous state, national and international professional conferences and many individual school districts across the nation.  Sony welcomes reader feedback and questions at sony@weakfish.org

 

Parental Involvement and School Safety

Did you know that being actively involved in your child’s educational process can affect school safety? Children of involved parents typically have higher self-esteem and have fewer behavior problems in school. And students’ grades usually improve when their parents become involved. So keeping an open line of communication with teachers about your child’s progress will not only improve learning but it will also help maintain a safe school environment.

The teacher can be your best ally in an array of areas such as letting you know whether or not your child is giving his/her best effort in class and whether he/she has noticed any significant changes in your child’s behavior or attitude towards learning. It’s also a good idea to find out whether the teacher has concerns about the friends your child has chosen. All of which is paramount to your child’s safety in school as well as academic success.

Jerry L. Parks, author of Help! My Child Is Starting Middle Schoo!l A Survival Handbook for Parents outlined the following tips to help parents become more involved in their child’s school:

Top 5 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Succeed in School

  1. Make sure your child is at school every day possible. “Missed work is generally more of a loss than made-up work is a gain,” Parks says. “There is no substitute for attendance.”
  2. Designate a time and place for your child to do homework. If he does not have homework, have him use the time to read. “Routine is the essence of a child’s life,” he says.
  3. Keep in touch with teachers, but don’t overdo it. “Most teachers appreciate parents caring enough to keep in touch a few times a term but do not appreciate parents expecting contact on a regular basis.”
  4. Teach your child character—it “will improve social and academic skills more than anything else,” Parks says. “Some things are simply wrong, and the world your child will grow up in will punish crimes, so give your child a head start.”
  5. Make time every day to talk with your child about the day’s activities. “Let them know you care, and really listen to what they have to say.”

Parents who take the time to engage and support their children’s education not only help their children succeed, but can reduce danger for their children as well.

Dr. Sonayia Shepherd (Sony) is the Chief Operating Officer of Safe Havens International.  The author of 16 books on school safety and emergency management, Sony’s work has taken her to many countries including Switzerland, Thailand, Indonesia, Haiti, Guatemala, Angola, South Africa and India. A popular keynote speaker, Dr. Shepherd has presented at numerous state, national and international professional conferences and many individual school districts across the nation.  Sony welcomes reader feedback and questions at sony@weakfish.org

 

 

Another Underwear Bomb incident prevented

Government officials have seized a bomb that is similar to the one that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to use to blow up a plane in December of 2009. The device was discovered as part of a CIA operation in Yemen, and it is now being analyzed by the FBI in Virginia.

The bomb bears distinct indicators that it was made by Ibrahim al-Asiri, a Saudi militant who also created the device that was used in the 2009 bombing attempt. Initial examination reveals that this device had no metal parts and there is a good chance that it would have defeated both metal detection and body scanners at airport security. Though the trip had not been finalized, a bomber had been selected and he was planning to board an American-bound flight with the device.

 

Source: “Underwear bombs: Not this time” Posted May 8th 2012, 10:46 on economist.com