Updated: Mar 16
Can you believe we just celebrated Valentines Day? As Spring begins to sneak upon us, now is a great time to evaluate your safety plans and plot a course of action for change. Why now? Because the summer break will be here before you know it, and the summer break is the perfect time to implement significant changes for the upcoming school year.
While it may seem as though we are getting ahead of ourselves, planning takes time. You can't plan without understanding gaps in current protocols and options for filling in those gaps. Evaluation of your current school safety protocols is the first step to moving toward a more comprehensive plan and starting that process now allows enough time to begin implementing that plan.
So often, school districts delay this process by not thinking ahead. There are budget considerations and departmental coordination needs that often further slow the process. This too can lead to a district scrambling for solutions which then can lead to hasty decision-making.
Ultimately, school districts need to plan ahead by coordinating with industry experts. There are multiple facets to this coordination. Schools must work with:
Funding and/or grant sources
School Resource Officers
Mental Health Providers
Connecting the knowledge of all school safety resources to develop robust safety planning and execution can be a daunting undertaking for schools because its a process that schools likely do not engage in on a regular basis.
This is where the NASCPC can help.
The NASCPC brings together decades of school safety experience in fulfilling safety evaluations and advancing plans for the best possible outcomes. We would welcome the opportunity to consult with your school or district and offer our members significant discounts on our services as well. We encourage you to connect us with your school, especially if you recognize safety gaps needing to be filled.
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If you are a school or district needing professional safety planning guidance, please CONTACT US HERE.