How safe are your schools?

Huard & Associates

(530) 318-5356

Lisa Huard

lhuard@ymail.com

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Be comprehensive in your planning.

What is Safe School Planning?

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The right to a safe school is stipulated in the California Constitution, Article I, 

Section 28(c). School safety should be a priority, whether or not a school 's budget provides for it. In fact, effective comprehensive safe school plans can save your schools, employees, and district money. Whether your focus is one school or a larger district, the responsibility is the same.  School personnel are responsible for the accountability and safety of students, staff, and visitors at their sites.  

School Safety is more than required words written into a plan, it's a dynamic process which includes planning, practicing, and evaluating what you have put into place. School Safety is a fluid process that involves school staff, students, parents, and the community.  School Safety is not only something you plan for or talk about; it's something you put into action.  An effective Comprehensive Safe School Plan is something you can demonstrate through accountability. Accountability demonstrates due-diligence. Due-diligence protects your district's fiscal health

What does a Comprehensive Safe School Plan include?

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Safe School Planning is a fluid process and includes: 

  • A Safe School Plan which focuses on Programs, People, and Places
  • An Emergency Operations Plan
  • An Action Guide
  • Maps
  • NIMS (National Incident Management System) training of your Incident Management Team
  • Emergency Drill procedures and evaluations
  • An active Site Safety Committee
  • An active District Safety Committee
  • Current Board Policies and Administrative Regulations
  • Communication methods for staff and parents
  • Drug & Violence Prevention Strategies

Who is Responsible?

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 Society is relying increasingly on schools to address social issues, but developing  solutions to problems that affect school safety requires expertise not generally possessed by educators.  Although educators have a primary role in developing school-site safety   plans, they cannot shoulder that responsibility alone.  Dwindling budgets, less personnel in all agencies, demonstrates the need for   schools to work with law enforcement, parents, first responders, and the community to make our schools safe. 

Why use a Consultant?

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It takes time and experience to understand and implement successful strategies for safe school development. The reality is that most school districts do not have an individual with real experience in school safety.  Most school districts, due to personnel shortages, take school safety and add it to an already impacted schedule of school personnel to figure out what to do.     School safety should not be something someone has to "figure out".  Using procedures that are effective in single schools and   throughout districts, utilizing methods that have proven themselves successful proves to be both cost and time efficient.

How do we begin?

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 After consultation and an initial evaluation of your site's present school safety status, we will design specific objectives to meet your short and long-term goals.  



Knowing what to do ahead of time is key.

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 How does NIMS (National   Incident Management System)and the ICS (Incident Command System) fit into the day to day actions of a school? 

Our consultants will provide field-tested training needed by Incident Management Teams to implement the Incident Command System at the site and district level. Schools and their district will learn successful ways to operate a command post at the site experiencing an emergency event and how the district can support their efforts through a trained DOC (District Operations Center). Techniques learned will also allow a DOC to work efficiently with a community-wide event.