ERIC Number: ED432827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Keeping Texas Children Safe in School. Common Sense Solutions To Help Address the Safety Issues and Challenges Facing Most Public School Districts.
Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin.
This booklet presents ways to ensure student safety in Texas schools. It offers a 10-step plan that, when implemented in a systematic way, can reduce acts of school violence. The steps are divided into three components: prevention, intervention, and enforcement. In prevention it is important to know the goals and objectives; to be proactive; to identify roles and responsibilities; to prepare a comprehensive plan; to establish clear expectations for students, parents, teachers, and administrators; and to address warning signs before they turn into trouble. In the intervention mode it is important to look for trouble before it erupts. The report suggests that various detection methods be used, that outsiders' access to students be restricted, that students be given strategies for dealing with bad situations, that troubled families be identified, that individuals be in the right place to intervene, and that there be a plan of action, continually rehearsed, that is appropriate for various occasions. The third component of the school-safety plan, enforcement, suggests that there be no double standards and that the student code of conduct be used to set standards. Discipline management should extend inside and outside the classroom, and teachers and staff should have appropriate training in discipline-management techniques. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas