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ERIC Number: ED539482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 67
Abstractor: ERIC
Mitigating Hazards in School Facilities
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
School safety is a human concern, one that every school and community must take seriously and strive continually to achieve. It is also a legal concern; schools can be held liable if they do not make good-faith efforts to provide a safe and secure school environment. How schools are built and maintained is an integral part of school safety and crisis planning. Schools with poor access control are more vulnerable to intruders. Students in schools with overlapping pickup and drop off points are more likely to be hurt by a bus or car. Schools that store materials in stairways will have egress problems during a fire or emergency. Every school is unique by virtue of its design, location, and students, and each has its own history and culture. Some schools are relatively open and safe, others are highly protected yet unsafe. That is why mitigating hazards in school facilities should be planned and implemented by those who know the school and its community best--school and district staff in alliance with local emergency responders and the school community. This publication provides tips for: (1) Assessing school facilities; (2) Making a hazard mitigation plan; and (3) Implementing the plan. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. 1090 Vermont Avenue NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 888-552-0624; Tel: 202-289-7800; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities