School Safety Leadership Institute
Developing a School Safety Ecosystem
A Step-By-Step Approach to Building and Establishing an Effective School Safety Plan.
School Safety Ecosystem
Meaningful school safety planning involves multiple components, operating in tandem, to be leveraged as both proactive and reactive keys for addressing complex safety issues.
What is a School Safety Ecosystem?
Enhance situational awareness, identify potential threats, direct the appropriate resources to mitigate, isolate, or eliminate a potential or actual threat, and implement emergency response protocols.
Collaboration is the Key
Keeping schools safe requires a team effort and the combined resources of the federal, state, and local governments; school boards; law enforcement; and the public.
Start With the Basics
Establish a baseline of your current safety/security status. Identify what works & what doesn't. Sharpen current practices & procedures. Establish a vision by leveraging advisory groups at all levels.
Proactive and Reactive Strategies
Using “X” As The Potential Day A Catastrophic Event Occurs In A School. Proactive strategies are designed to work to the left of the “X”. Reactive strategies work from the “X” and extend to the right of the “X”
Working to the Left of the “X”
Working to the left of the “X” involves the implementation of strategies designed to reduce the potential for “X” to occur which saves all lives, because the intended act of violence, is mitigated before it occurs.
Relationship to the “X”
"X" = Potential Catastrophic Event
The greater the commitment, the lower the value of “X”.
If “X” does occur, the number of lives saved and lost will be directly influenced by the speed at which the threat is identified, the efficiency of the notification process, and the effectiveness of the coordinated response.