ERIC Number: ED450459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Safe Schools, Safe Communities.
Lewis, Julie E.; Pickett, Dean; Pulliam, Janet L.; Schwartz, Richard A.; St. Germaine, Anne-Marie; Underwood, Julie; Worona, Jay
Schools must work together with agencies, groups, and individuals to eliminate the forces leading children to violence. Chapter 1, "School Safety: Working Together to Keep Schools Safe," stresses the importance of community collaboration in violence prevention. Effective prevention requires sharing information about students, consistent with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines. Other measures important to prevention are a visible law-enforcement presence, communication links with students, and a zero-tolerance policy. Chapter 2, "Balancing Student Safety and Students' Rights," explores relevant case law regarding student rights in such areas as substantive and procedural due process, advance notice, search and seizure, free speech, and privacy rights. Chapter 3, "The Attorney's Role in Responding to Violence: Lessons from Jonesboro, Arkansas," reviews lessons learned by business managers trained in crisis management. For school attorneys, these lessons include involvement in training, investigation, interacting with crisis personnel, review of school documents, and knowledge of the law. When a crisis occurs, attorneys must help control the premises, gather facts, implement crisis-management plans, and establish media policies. Chapter 4, "Preparing to Handle the News Media During a Crisis," investigates the importance of forming a crisis communications team and plan, with one member handling all media relations. (Contains 15 appendices, including common characteristics of recent school shooters, myths about violence, statistics, early intervention strategies, model interagency agreements, and conflict-resolution strategies. Includes a list of 22 germane publications.)(TEJ)
Descriptors: Aggression, Crisis Intervention, Crisis Management, Delinquency, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Homicide, News Media, News Reporting, Psychiatric Services, School Safety, School Security, Security Personnel, Student Rights, Victims of Crime, Violence, Weapons
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Council of School Attorneys.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974