District Safety Kim Sweeney EDL 690 Spring 2014
Initial Facts • Our campus’ need to be safe • CDC reports: • In the 2009-10 school year there were 17 homicides that occurred at school • 2011 5.4% of students in 9-12 grade reported bring a weapon to school • 2011 7.4% reported being threatened or injured by a weapon at school.
Local Example • January 14, 2014 • Student brought .22 caliber semi automatic rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition to IR HS • High school science teacher intervened • How did the teacher know what to do?
How Do we Keep Our People Safe? • Brainstorm with a partner FIVE things your district does to keep everyone on campus safe • Lansing • Fire drills • Lockdown drills • ID tags • Cameras • Greeters • Single entry point.
District Safety Committee • Districts in NYS are charged with convening a standing committee • Ensure the district has a current safety plan • District plans should be updated yearly • Lansing reviews our plan in the summer • September conference day – any changes are shared • New staff orientation covers new staff.
Committee members • Leadership team • Nurses • Councilors • School Psychologists • School Board Members • PTSO representatives • Teachers/staff • Buildings and Grounds • Bus Garage Supervisor • Any staff with special skills.
Meeting Schedule? • How often the committee meets is flexible • Lansing • We meet over the summer to approve changes to our plan • We meet at least quarterly over the school year • As needed if something arises.
What is an Incident? • “An incident is an occurrence, caused by either human or natural phenomena, that requires response actions to prevent or minimize loss of life, or damage to property and/or the environment” (ICS100).
Example • Read through the scenario and think about how you would respond in one of the roles listed.
WHAT is ICS? • The Incident Command System • Standardized, on scene, all hazard management concept • Allows an organizational structure to be flexible and agencies to operate seamlessly together.
Some difference we may notice • ICS is very different from running a school district • Relies on a tight command structure • Very “top-down” during an incident • This is not the time for consensus, listening to different opinions, and debating • May take some adjustments by our personnel.
NYS Resources • NYSED SAVE Materials • Link to NYSED • NYS Homeland Security • Homeland Security web site • Center for School Safety • Center for School Safety
Federal Resources • DHS • Homeland Security • FEMA • FEMA EMI for Schools
Local Resources • NYS Police • Local Police/Sheriff • Fire Department • Are they familiar with your buildings? • Do they know who the Superintendent is? • Does your Safety Team work with these people?
Interview with local Fire Chief • Accountability • Is everyone accounted for? • Head Custodian/Buildings and Grounds • FD needs someone with intimate knowledge of building • Gas shut off • Boilers • Roof hatches • Knox box (If the buildings have them) • Are the keys updated regularly?
Work Cited • CDC.gov • Cnycentral.com • Nysed.gov • Dhs.gov • Fema.gov • Interview 2/16/14 With Lansing Fire Chief Scott Purcell