K-12 School Safety
In just a few weeks thousands of students, grades K - 12, will return to classrooms with backpacks full of new supplies. As parents and children prepare for the new school year it is important to consider school safety.
The most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education show that crime is a serious issue in our public school campuses nationwide. The majority of schools in our country report violent incidents. On top of that it continues to be well known that many crimes that happen within our public schools go unreported.
Too often, our children face bullying, drug sales, violence, and sex predators at the schools they attend. Parents that are actively involved in their student’s school security have the ability to improve their child’s school safety. To help prepare, Doyle Security has developed a list of safety tips that can help parents keep their kids safe before, during and after school:
- Choose the safest possible route with the fewest street crossings. Walk or ride with your child if possible. Talk with children about biking and walking safety to help reduce their risk of injury.
- Have at least one parent waiting at a school bus stop with children. This is a time when potentially risky behavior such as bullying and fighting can take place.
- Be aware of the bus driver’s blind spot (10 feet) when walking in front of the bus.
- Keep head and hands inside the bus at all times.
- Educate yourself about school safety and security.
- Talk to your children about their safety concerns and visit their school to talk with the administrator about the school's security plan.
- Find out how your child's school controls access to the building and if they have visitor policies to protect students from potential sex offenders and criminals who may try to gain access to the campus.
- Get to know the law enforcement officials or other security personnel assigned to your child's school. Find out when they are on school grounds and what their responsibilities include.
- If kids are alone in the afternoons, teach them to go straight home.
- Remind children to keep doors locked, never tell anyone they are home alone, and to not answer the door for anyone.
- Place all emergency numbers and the phone number of a nearby friend in a visible place near all phones.
- Children should check-in with the parent or neighbor immediately after arriving home from school.
- Prepare a snack or meal in advance, preferably one that does not need to be heated.
- Teach children about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire escape plans. Show children where the first aid kit is and how to use the different items it contains.
- Do not keep firearms easily accessible in your home and talk to kids about the potential dangers of guns and what to do if they find one.
- Tell your children where you are, how you can be reached, and when you will be returning home.
Keeping kids safe is one of the most important things that parents, teachers, administrators and the surrounding community can do to make this school year a success.
If you have any questions or concerns about your family’s safety please contact us to schedule a free consultation.