SCHOOL SAFETY AND HEALTHY CHILDREN

    Key Modules

    Module One:  School climate and safety

    1.  Common barriers to learning and teaching created by safety issues.
    2.  How barriers to learning degrade the learning environment and processes.
    3.  Bulling defined
    4.  Ways bullying harms students.
    5.  Actions steps to reduce bullying.
    6.  Ways fear impacts students, staff, parents and schools.
    7.  Action steps to reduce barriers to learning and build a positive learning environment.
    9.  Ways to foster positive, safe appropriate connections between students and staff.
    10. Ways to develop positive, safe and appropriate connections between students and staff.

    Module Two:  Common Classroom and School Hazards

    1.  Recognizing the dangers posed by common gravity hazards.
    2.  Identification of common improvised weapons.
    3.  Recognized common electrical hazards.
    4.  Indemnifying common poisons found in unsafe classrooms.
    5.  Recognized common burn hazards.
    6.  Identifying common load hazards.
    7.  Recognizing common fire barrier hazards.
    8.  Identifying classroom emergency equipment that should not be obstructed.
    9.  Identifying classroom exit pathways.
    10.  Recognizing common barriers to natural surveillance.
    11. Key points to appropriate classroom access control.
    12.  Identifying ways to prevent being trapped by irate individuals.
    13.  Appropriate teacher placement for safety.

    Module Three:  Situational Awareness for Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness.

    1. Recognizing indicators of suspicious persons.
    2. Recognizing indicators of suspicious vehicles.
    3. Recognizing indicators of suspicious packages.
    4. Recognizing common area hazards.
    5. Identifying escape options.
    6. Recognizing body language of danger.
    7. Identifying key points for security of sensitive information.
    8. Understanding the importance of proper management of space.
    9. Identifying simple techniques to improve supervision of students.
    10. Identifying playground safety measures.
    11. Identifying field trip safety measures.

    Module Four:  Reducing the Risk of Physical Assaults

    1. Safe, professional and appropriate connections to students and other staff.
    2. Identifying dangerous victim body language.
    3. Recognizing common forms of perpetrator body language.
    4. Recognizing verbal abuse as a precursor to physical assault.
    5. Recognizing ways to react to irate parents, guardians, and relatives of students.
    6. Identifying techniques to avoid being victimized intervening in fights.
    7. Describing methods to prevent fights between fights.
    8. Identifying techniques to summon assistance in an emergency.
    9. Recognizing critical verbal skills for defusing tense situations.
    10. The importance of control of space.
    11. Identifying practices to reduce the chances of assault, robbery, or sexual assault when working
    outside normal working hours.

    Module Five:  Weapons Security for Schools.

    1. Recognizing key aspects of weapons concealment.
    2. Identifying visual weapons screening techniques.
    3. Reducing access to improvised weapons.
    4. Identifying common triggering behaviors that precede most school weapons assaults and action
    steps to reduce their impact.
    5. Common school interior access control concerns.
    6. Describing key aspects of bullying.
    7. Recognizing the dangers associated with targeted acts of violence.
    8. Recognizing the patterns of domestic violence coming to campus.
    9. How to avoid targeting behaviors.
    10. Recognizing the dangers of school staff searching students for weapons.
    11. How school employees can handle tips regarding weapons.  

    Module Six:  Homeland Security for Schools

    1. The history of school related terrorism incidents.
    2. A rational analysis of school terrorism incidents and trends.
    3. How school terrorism incidents in other regions affect students, staff, and parents.
    4. Identifying why terrorists sometimes strike school related targets.
    5. Identifying why terrorists often choose not to strike school related targets.
    6. Action steps for prevention and mitigation.
    7. Identifying ways to enhance preparedness for terrorism incidents.
    8. Identifying response considerations.

    Module Seven:  Warning Signs of Destructive Youth Behavior and Positive Intervention
    Action Steps.

    1. Early warning signs of destructive youth behavior.
    2. Imminent warning signs.
    3. Appropriate context of observations.
    4. Cues to potential danger for students and staff and risk indicators for youth.
    5. Recognizing dangerous associations for youth.
    6. Identifying protective factors.
    7. Risk factors for student suicide.
    8. Recognizing available resources for students.
    9. Ways to improve coordination between staff and resource agencies.
    10. Describing the concept of multidisciplinary threat assessment.

    Module Eight:  Student Safety Presentation.

    1. Common school safety myths.
    2. The dangers of joining a gang.
    3. Why students should not carry a weapon to school.
    4. What a weapon is from a student perspective.
    5. Recognizing the danger of fights.
    6. Bullying and describe the harm it causes.
    7. The connection between rumors and safety.
    8. Why students should follow school safety policies.
    9. How students can help address the dangers of intruders.
    10. How students can get involved in safety.
    11. Decision making under stress for emergencies.
    12. Potential dangers of portable phones during a crisis.
    13. Where students can go to get help.

    Module Nine:  Parent Presentation

    1. Common school safety myths.
    2. The importance of keeping contact information updated.
    3. Tips parents can use to make their children safer at school.
    4. Early and imminent warning signs of destructive youth behavior.
    5. Where parents can go to get help for their child.
    6. What parents should do and not do if a crisis impacts their child’s school.
    7. The potential dangers of portable phones during a crisis.
    8. School/school system safety measures.

    Module Ten:  Understanding Survival and Critical Incident Stress and how it relates to
    educators decision making and student safety drills.

    1. “The Human Factor” in survival and critical events.
    2. Essential Skills of Crisis Management: The Sphere of Influence.
    3. Crisis Management and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
    4. Critical Incident Stress Management Procedures