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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Students and Teachers

As the warm summer months arrive, students and teachers eagerly anticipate a well-deserved break filled with fun and relaxation.  While summer break offers countless opportunities for enjoyment, it’s important to remember ways to stay safe and healthy.  Whether it's...

Equipping Religious Leaders and Staff for Crisis Management

  Faith-based security training involves equipping religious leaders and staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage crises and ensure the safety and security of their congregation and facilities. According to the Department of Homeland...

Real-Life: Unified Command

  You don’t have to get hit by a car or have something bad happen at your School to learn the lessons of Unified Command. You are the Incident Commander until Unified Command. No, this is not me... Not counting car crashes, I’ve been struck by a vehicle three...

Vocation or Avocation

  Before I was the CEO and President of Safeguard Risk Solutions and the creator of the Mobile Emergency Response Plan, I was an Educator and a Police Officer.I originally wrote this article for a recent presentation for the employees of the Village of Plain City,...

Crisis Management in Private Schools

  By implementing the following best practices, private schools can enhance their ability to effectively manage crises and safeguard the well-being of their school community. Crisis management in private schools is crucial for maintaining the well-being of students,...

Securing Tomorrow

  As a retired Teacher and Safety Director, coupled with my 33 years in Law Enforcement, my mission is to empower schools to embrace a proactive approach, ensuring that every educator and student feels secure, supported, and ready for whatever challenges the future...

School Safety and Parental Involvement

  How parents can be an active part of their child’s safety at schoolIn today's rapidly evolving world, ensuring the safety of our children in schools has become a top priority. Parents play a pivotal role in contributing to the overall security of schools. By...

Threat Assessments and Student Records

Like many other states, in Ohio schools, behavioral threat assessment teams' function to conduct assessments and interventions for individuals whose behavior indicates they may pose a risk of harm to the school community and/or themselves. Behavioral Threat...

The School Resource Officer

  More than just another caring adult in your school.Most of you already know my background.  Started as an eighth-grade science teacher.  Earned a master’s degree in educational leadership.  Took a part-time job as a police officer.  Became the district’s safety...

Another Active Threat Event: Lewiston, Maine

   ​I have spent weeks mulling over the October 25 events that took place in Lewiston, Maine: Another tragic event.  Another round of the same questions. The left and right leaning media channels, masquerading as a fact-based news outlet, interview pundits...

Ohio’s Distracted Driving Law

  Do you know what your State's law is regarding distracted driving?  More importantly, do your bus drivers know what your State's distracted driving law is?Effective October 5, 2023 the State of Ohio has updated its Distracted Driving Law.  The new penalties are...

Collaboration Between Schools and First Responders

  There is an old saying in School Emergency Management: The first time the Superintendent and the Police Chief exchange business cards is not the day of a critical event.Nature abhors a vacuum. So does Emergency Management Planning in K12 Schools. Schools are...

Free Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Videos

  Don't forget this important free resource available through Safeguard Risk Solutions...While making some revisions to the website, I moved the page of Free Emergency Preparedness & Response Training Videos to the forefront of the Safeguard Risk Solutions...

Snakes!

As minutes ticked by watching this police officer wrangle the snake, I thought to myself,  “Have I failed my clients? If I haven’t prepared them for everything, have I prepared them for anything?”

Sustainable Solutions for School Safety and Security

  How schools can continue to 'do more with less' to maintain effective school safety.​I am often asked by superintendents, “With limited budgets, how do we provide sustainable solutions to keep our students and staff safe?” After every school tragedy,...

Tweens and Smart Phone Safety

NPR wrote an excellent article for parents of tweens who want a smartphone, So Your Tween Wants A Smartphone? Read This First, and I would like to highlight a couple points that I found interesting:Delay, Delay, DelayPush off getting the phone as long as you think you...

See You in September

When it comes to music, I grew up in the wrong era.  The disco era.  There is nothing wrong with the Bee Gees and Staying Alive, but I am more of a 1960’s guy and was better suited to the Beach Boys and Frankie Valli.  My favorite end of the school year song was not...

Top Ten Best Practices for School Emergencies

An emergency of some sort may happen at your school. The question is:How do you respond?In today's unpredictable world, it is imperative that schools prioritize preparedness and have effective protocols in place to handle emergencies swiftly and efficiently. From...

6 Steps for Improving K-12 Student Mental Health

  A student mental health services provider shares leading practices for preventative programming as public health experts call for universal mental health screenings in schools.As you know, my goal for this blog is to be a free resource to everyone tasked with...