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NCJ Number: 185574 Find in a Library
Title: Safe School Planning (From Violence in American Schools: A New Perspective, P 253-289, 1998, Delbert S. Elliott, Beatrix A. Hamburg, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-185565)
Author(s): Ronald D. Stephens
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: Cambridge University Press
Cambridge, CB2 IRP, England
Sale Source: Cambridge University Press
The Pitt Building
Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 IRP,
United Kingdom
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This discussion of planning for school safety focuses on the nature of safe school planning, the use of a planning team, challenges and obstacles to plan implementation, the school safety assessment, and general guidelines for a plan.
Abstract: Effective safe school planning identifies the status of the school district and community, defines goals, and details the steps to achieve these goals. The planning team should include teachers, counselors, the principal, the vice principle, school security, maintenance, the school secretary, and students if their ages are appropriate. Areas needing attention include selection and training of the team, creation of a timetable, and overcoming the challenges involved in forming new working relationships. Every school should conduct an annual school safety assessment. The six topics that a plan should cover include the physical environment, the social environment, the cultural environment, the economic environment, the personal characteristics of individual students and staff members, and the local political atmosphere. Specific actions should cover campus access and control; administrative leadership; the school climate; student behavior, supervision, and management; staff training; student involvement; and community partnerships. Essential ingredients for creating a safe school plan start with placing school safety on the educational agenda and end with conducting a continuing evaluation. Notes and 7 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Crime in schools; Crime prevention planning; Plans; School delinquency programs; School discipline; School influences on crime; School security; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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