Though it is a scenario most teachers and administrators hope never to encounter, events over the last few decades have shown that lockdowns happen for schools at an alarming rate. If you’re going to be prepared for a nightmare situation, you need to make sure you have the proper protocol in place. Reports over recent years highlight that advanced preparation can make a world of difference and reduce the odds and impact of a potential threat to the school. There are several ways to devise a sensible plan.
Creating a Strategy
Having a practical set of school lockdown procedures in place is key to your success with safety. Not only will this help students and faculty know how to respond in the event of an emergency, it also provides your insurance provider with a sense of how you’re handling potential risks. This, in turn, can lower your rates or help you find more sensible options for protecting the most valuable assets in your care. Assessing your current safety procedures on a routine basis will also help to ensure you’re meeting the current demands. Other points to consider include:
- Running drills regularly with students
- Taking online threats seriously
- Addressing problems in advance
Planning in Advance
Hopefully, you will never have to use your security protocols in a real situation. However, giving yourself time to plan a strategy can help you protect the most vulnerable of the population.