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ERIC Number: ED433583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-20
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
A Study Concerning Selected Elements of a Safe School Environment.
Reddick, Thomas L.; Peach, Larry
This paper, based on a study conducted in Tennessee in fall 1998, discusses ways that teachers perceived issues concerning safety and violence within their schools. The data were collected at three "Safe Schools" conferences for teachers, school administrators, and law-enforcement officers; 263 usable questionnaires were collected. The findings show that most teachers were familiar with the intricacies of their school's policy for safe schools. Teachers felt personally safe at school and believed that their students were also safe. However, some teachers reported that they had been victims of violence and that school discipline had deteriorated during the past 5 years. Even so, most teachers did not favor having police officers stationed in schools but did feel that they should be provided additional legal protection against those who harass them. Some suggestions that school leaders can use to develop a safe-school environment include: (1) restrict access to the school campus; (2) maintain a system of surveillance with a procedure to challenge visitors and nonstudents; (3) initiate a conflict-resolution and peer-mediation program; (4) cooperate with local law-enforcement officials in developing a safe-school plan; and (5) review the procedures in a safe-school plan and conduct safety drills periodically. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee