Using Safety Drills To Improve Student Performance Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Teaching Type: Essay Paper: #75564334 Related Topics: School Shootings, School Shooting, Fire Safety, Safety
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School Safety Plans & Policies

Campus Safety Procedures

Activity Description and Summary

The design of safety measures at my school is fundamentally the responsibility of the district authorities, as schools are expected to respond uniformly to district policies and procedures. However, I did help to implement and monitor safety measures through my roles during the school safety drills. My primary responsibility in the campus safety initiative was to assist with in fire drills and shelter-in drills. Numerous studies provide support to the practice of school safety drills, citing benefits to students, their parents and families, and faculty (Brock, 2010; Borum, 2011; NASP, 2013b, 2013c).

Program Outcome Rationale

The overarching theme of the emergency drills is to ensure that administrators and staff are familiar with the protocols intended to guide administrators and staff in maintaining calm and order during an emergency. The key rationale for this objective is that have plans and protocols in place that are regularly practiced by administrators, staff and students will facilitate the appropriate and efficacious handling a crisis, disaster or emergency at the school level. Outcome indicators include evidence that, "continuous and sustainable crisis and


The district policies provide exact language about the policies and for the procedures to be undertaken in order to implement the policies.

Campus Implementation

All faculty members are given training in the safety plan and implementation of specific aspects of the plan. The most common manifestation of this occurs in the form of fire drills and shelter-in drills, which are conducted after faculty has reviewed the policies and procedures. Often, a specialist from the City or from the district will give a presentation on a component of the safety plan to underscore the importance of compliant implementation.

I was put in charge of a particular exit and directed to supervise as the students and teachers come out of my assigned exit and line up on the street during fire drills. Teachers complete green cards (attendance sheets) to show that they have accounted for all of their students during emergency drills and actual emergencies. I checked to be sure that all students had left through the exit, and I asked to see the green cards of all teachers responsible for students passing through that exit, and was assured that the teaches had accounted for all of their students. At the signal from the principal, I permitted the students and staff in my area to return to the inside of the building.

During shelter-in drills, I was given the responsibility of watching an exit on the first floor of the school building. I was instructed to not to allow anyone in or out during the shelter-in drills. The concept behind the shelter-in…

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Borum, R., Cornell, D.G., Modzeleski, W., & Jimerson, S.R. (2010). What can be done about school shootings? A review of the evidence. Educational Researcher, 39, 27 -- 37.

Brock, S. (2011). PREPaRE: Crisis Intervention & Recovery: The Roles of the School-Based Mental Health Professional (2nd ed.).

National Association of School Psychologists. (2013a). A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools. Retrieved from

National Association of School Psychologists. (2013b). Conducting Crisis Exercises and Drills: Guidelines for Schools. Retrieved from
National Association of School Psychologists. (2013c). Research on School Security: The Impact of Security Measures on Students. Retrieved from

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