ERIC Number: ED471877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Voices from the Field: Working Together for Safe and Secure Schools. Summary of Findings from Florida Education Commissioner Charlie Crist's School Safety and Security Summits.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.; Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
During summer and fall 2001, the Florida Commissioner of Education conducted eight regional meetings, open to the public, on school safety and security. The purpose of the meetings was to explore safety issues faced by districts and schools, share best safety practices, and generate local discussion on matters of school safety and security. This booklet is a report on those meetings. It includes findings from a survey of students; a list of resources; and an inventory of proven and promising programs. Additionally, the report contains the following recommendations identified by meeting participants as key to maintaining safe schools: (1) Include all appropriate partners in developing operative crisis plans that specify a schedule for plan revision, training updates, and regular drills; (2) establish and maintain effective internal and external communication to ensure emergency procedures are efficiently and effectively followed; (3) ensure that accurate facility site plans for every school are provided to local law-enforcement and emergency-response agencies; (4) employ strategies and techniques to break the "code of silence" among students; (5) listen to and implement students' ideas and perceptions on school-safety issues; and (6) provide additional school resource officers at all levels: elementary, middle, and high school. (WFA)
Descriptors: Child Safety, Crisis Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, School Safety, School Security, Student Attitudes
Florida Department of Education, Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400. Tel: 850-487-1785. For full text: http://www.firn.edu/doe/opri/pdf/voices.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.; Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida