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Got a question about helping your children deal with bullying? Safety Savvy can help. Need information on Internet safety? Safety Savvy can help. Looking for ideas about working with your child’s school to promote a safer environment? Safety Savvy can help. read more…

Cooperation Is the Key in School Safety Planning

Over the slam-slam-slam of locker doors, over the chatter of students who haven’t seen each other since Friday, come the chilling words across the intercom: “This is not a drill. We are in lockdown.” Students stare, bewildered. Lockdown? That’s when the teacher closes the door and they all move to the back of the classroom. But they’re not in a classroom. They’re in the hall. What do they do? read more…

Illinois School Takes Team Approach to School Safety

Again. She reads through the essay a second time, growing more uneasy with the re-reading. For the third time this marking period, the same themes show in the same student’s work, themes of despair and anger.

Should she approach him herself? No, better bring it to the attention of the Learning Support Team. Counselors, social workers, the school’s resource officer…they can focus a variety of skills on helping the student come to terms with his problems and get back him back to enjoying his final year of high school. read more…

Gunshot Detection System Provides Early Warning

Nothing disturbs the quiet as the students work on their test papers, heads bent, No. 2 pencils scratching. Nothing, that is, but the beep of a text message on their teacher’s cell phone. A text message that tells her that just seconds ago, sensors recorded a gunshot in the lobby, two floors away at the other end of the building. And only seconds more will pass before a hurried line of students, tests forgotten, heads for the stairs and evacuation to safety. read more…

Alabama Schools Leave Digital Footprint

When was that fire extinguisher serviced? Virtual Alabama School Safety System (VAS3) knows.

Where’s the gas shutoff valve for this floor? VAS3 knows.

What evacuation route do students use in the event of natural disaster? VAS3 knows.

There’s very little that VAS3 doesn’t know about the facilities and the school safety plans of Alabama’s 1,536 individual schools. read more…

Volunteers Watch Lansing Streets to Promote Safety

The final bell still echoes in the hall when the first students spill out of the school, shouting, laughing, and walking down the neighborhood streets. Some head home. Some head toward jobs. Others head toward trouble.

With the eyes and the ears of Lansing School Watch volunteers on them, the ones that initially head toward trouble may seek a different destination. read more…

Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University Provides Assistance and Answers

The principal’s voice comes over the loudspeakers: “This is a lockdown. This is a lockdown.” The students crowding the bleachers for the annual homecoming pep rally stare at each other, confused. A lockdown? But they’re outdoors. Do they return to the school building? Run for the nearby woods? Get under the bleachers?

Fortunately for the safety of those students and their teachers, the lockdown was only a drill. A drill that showed a weakness in the school’s safety plan, and a need to address their confusion and make changes. read more…

Best Practice Solution Closes School Safety Gaps

Even as she hears the gunshots echoing down the hall, the teacher presses the key fob she wears – a key fob that does much more than just activate an alarm. While she starts lockdown in her room by closing the door and moving her students to their secure area, the local dispatch center simultaneously begins searching for the intruder using the school’s camera system, law enforcement officers speeding toward the scene receive up-to-the-second intelligence and the building itself launches into countermeasures that distract the intruder and disrupt his plans. read more…

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