ERIC Number: EJ848673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 9
Will I Be Ready as an Administrator for School Emergencies?
Llewellyn, Pamela Easton
International Journal of Educational Reform, v13 n2 p118-125 Spr 2004
This article presents a case study designed for use in educational leadership courses to heighten awareness of what is required of tomorrow's principals when it comes to assuming ultimate responsibility for student safety. Since the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, in April 1999, many other incidents of students bringing guns into schools have been reported. Students, teachers, and administrators have been killed or injured as a result. For this study, the author asks whether elementary administrators receive adequate training to deal with safety issues, specifically concerning the threat of weapons on campus. Also, she wonders if comprehensive plans have been developed to train teachers and students for dealing with potential problems. Carol Madura, a district prevention specialist, responded to the author's first question regarding whether administrators are being adequately trained to deal with safety issues. Madura commented that her district asked each school to submit a school crisis plan for 2000-2001. It became apparent that the district needed to intervene when one school turned in a one-page plan, another submitted a 400-page plan, and other schools called to ask what the district meant by a "crisis plan." A uniform district "crisis plan" was needed. This study suggests that violence prevention training for administrators, teachers, and students is necessary. Schools must be prepared to minimize harm to students and staff, and comprehensive plans need to include processes that are repeatable and easy to follow. Once a good plan has been established, it needs to be practiced and changed whenever a flaw is detected.
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, School Safety, Crisis Management, Administrator Responsibility, Violence, Prevention, Elementary Schools, Strategic Planning, Job Training, Holistic Approach, Documentation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Authoring Institution: N/A
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