By Tara Gibson - May 23, 2019
K-12 schools around the country are on high alert due to the shocking rise of active shooters and school safety threats. The tragic news that there is yet another school shooting is unfortunately crossing television screens and popping up on social media more and more often. School shootings have drastically increased over the last 10 years. Between 2009 and 2018 there were 181 shootings that occurred in educational settings. These events are causing widespread panic and nerves for school administrators, educators, students, and parents.
The question many ask is: “Could this happen at my school?”. Stacey Heaver, a Colorado elementary teacher, talks about the uptick of mental health concerns and the worry that her students are now living in constant fear. Heaver’s daughter even confided in her that after the Sandy Hook School Shooting she had sought out and found places to hide in every room in her school. With the recent shooter threat in Colorado shortly after the Columbine 20 year anniversary, Heaver received the following texts from her students and daughter. “Hey, sorry to bother you but I am worried about this woman, what are your thoughts?” “Do you think it is safe to come to school tomorrow?” “Mama, I am terrified to go to school tomorrow.” The fear these students feel is truly heartbreaking. So, what can your school do to instill confidence with faculty, students, and parents? The answer is: share and practice your school safety drill plans.
Conducting efficient school safety drills is one way to prepare both K-12 school faculty and students in the event of a school safety threat or active shooter event. Perfecting your emergency response blueprint by planning ahead, continuously running drills, and ensuring your communication strategies are in place, are three ways to make sure your school is prepared.
Our School Safety Drill Kit has specialized outlines for several safety threats a school may encounter including an active shooter, severe weather event, or medical emergency.
The Rave Panic Button automatically delivers notifications to staff, 9-1-1, and first responders with the touch of a button. It provides critical data such as contact information, floor plans, and emergency response plans, which can speed up response times when seconds count.
Planning and preparing for school safety drills, running different practice drills, and testing & developing your communication strategy are all ways to instill confidence in your school. By using the above best practices, your K-12 school or district will be ready for any emergency.
Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12, State & Local, Higher Ed, Corporate, and Healthcare, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
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