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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...

Dealing with Problem Parents; Working with First Responders

Dealing with Problem Parents; Working with First Responders

When I was the Safety Director for a large school district, at the end of each day I would create a to-do list on a legal pad I kept on the corner of my desk. When I came to work the next morning, I knew if the message light on my phone was blinking, I was not going...

A New Threat: Swatting

A New Threat: Swatting

As we have seen throughout the United States, schools and First Responders are dealing with a high volume of swatting calls in their communities.  These calls increase the risk of tragedies as law enforcement and parents rush to the scene, fearing the worst.Swatting...

Using an AAR to Prepare for High Probability, Low Impact Events

  Utilizing an AAR to prepare for a future weather event is just as necessary as training for a less-likely active threat event.It is not always an Active Threat Event.  In fact, it is seldom an Active Threat Event.  It is an event that is more likely to occur...

Trespassing on a School Bus

Trespassing on a School Bus

I recently received a call from a parent wanting to know if she could be charged with trespassing because she stepped on to her child’s school bus.  Her child was having an issue on the bus, so she waited at the bus stop to speak to the driver.  After all of the...