ERIC Number: ED426570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Safer Schools for Virginia: A Guide to Keeping Students Safe from Violence. Building Blocks to Better Learning Series.
Cornell, Dewey G.
In 1997, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring local school boards to conduct school safety audits for each school under their jurisdiction. Guidelines for helping educators conduct these audits are presented here. This guide is designed to help administrators chart an informed, responsible, and proactive course toward maintaining and promoting a safe environment in Virginia's schools. It opens with a brief overview of the nature and scope of violence in schools today, particularly the significant problem of juvenile violent crimes, and reviews 10 components of a school safety audit. The text offers detailed assessments of school safety needs, such as the development and enforcement of policies, procedures for data collection, and the role of law enforcement. It also lists standards for safety and security personnel. The last section provides some effective violence prevention strategies, including conflict resolution, early intervention programs, drug-education programs, and community-based programs. The conclusion notes that educators should incorporate violence prevention and school security as routine considerations in all aspects of educational design and maintains that school safety audits can contribute to the fulfillment of this responsibility. (Contains approximately 90 references and lists sample items for a school safety survey.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Audits (Verification), Conflict Resolution, Crime Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Policy Formation, Prevention, School Safety, School Security, Violence
Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 405 Emmet St., Charlottesville, VA 22903-2495.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia