Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning
Security expert Kenneth S. Trump outlines school security issues and provides nuts-and-bolts strategies for preventing violence and preparing for crises. Includes author's companion website.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
This book is dedicated to my loving and supportive family, whose patience, understanding, encouragement, and reality-checks motivate me to continue my advocacy for safe schools and communities.
Many thanks also go out to my close friends and colleagues who have consistently continued to stand with me through the long haul.
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Trump, Kenneth S.
Proactive school security and emergency preparedness planning/Kenneth S. Trump.
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Only a few decades ago, school personnel were worried about students running in the halls and chewing gum, and parents were worried that their child might die of embarrassment from something that happened to them at school. The concerns for school personnel and parents in the United States have changed dramatically, and we are very fortunate to have Ken Trump who has dedicated his career to making our schools safer. It is my distinct pleasure to write a foreword for his third book.
I have been very fortunate to not only have read his books and countless articles, but to have heard Ken speak about school safety and to have partnered with him on several projects. Ken is an exceptional, tireless, and very knowledgeable spokesperson on school safety who knows the inside story of what really needs to be done, having worked firsthand in the school security field. He is very familiar with the politics of school safety, knows how to lobby for better funding for school safety, and knows how to get the most benefit from the shrinking funding for school safety that schools are currently experiencing. This book covers everything from conducting safety audits and crisis drills to how to help the school board shape better policies for safer schools.
Ken and I share that our highest professional priority has been prevention of school violence. We have both testified several times before the U.S. Congress on this topic, and in July 2009, we testified before the same committee on strengthening federal school safety policy. Ken's testimony, which stressed the need for better data about the incidence of school violence, was eloquent, thoughtful, and practical based on his unmatched knowledge of school safety and school crisis planning.
I have been working in the field of school safety and crisis prevention and intervention for more than two decades, as my first book on the subject was published in 1989. I have also served on a national emergency assistance team for the past decade and have personally responded to provide assistance in the aftermath of 11 school shootings and many other [Page xiii]school crisis situations. My background is in psychology, and I have been concerned that some experts in school safety seem only to be interested in promoting hardware measures such as metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and more police presence.
Ken Trump believes in a comprehensive and balanced approach to school safety that includes all school personnel, parents, and students. He especially recognizes the important roles for support staff such as counselors and psychologists in both crisis prevention and intervention. Ken knows that one of the keys to school safety is creating a climate where close supportive relationships are developed between all school personnel and students.
Students also must be involved in safety planning, as much of school safety is an inside job. There is no substitute for knowing all students and knowing them well. Ken knows that the student who was just bullied and harassed and who is humiliated or fearful is not in a state of mind to learn at an optimal level.
Crisis planning is never a done deal, and our plans must be continually evolving. School faculty meetings and school board meetings must regularly include reviews of crisis plans and safety initiatives. Ken's book outlines what he has demonstrated throughout his career: how schools can work collaboratively with key community partners such law enforcement, emergency management, and mental health professionals for better crisis planning.
I believe many of the incidents of school crises could have been, and should have been, prevented. The information in this landmark book will reduce school violence and save lives. I recommend it with the highest possible praise.Dr.
Today's school administrators are under enormous pressures to boost academic performance, maintain safe and orderly schools, and address many societal issues crossing their schoolhouse doors each day.
School administrators are increasingly faced with tighter budgets. Time is the only thing scarcer than money in many school districts. Educators need practical, cost-effective school safety strategies from credible sources without a lot of theory and fluff.
Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning is designed to meet the needs of today's school leaders. Within it, readers will find straightforward information on school security and emergency preparedness. The book first looks at threats to school security and the politics surrounding it, and then moves right into the nuts-and-bolts strategies for preventing violence and preparing for crises.
A number of best practices in school safety have remained constant since my first two books were published in 1998 and 2000. Yet this book is timely in refocusing on the fundamentals and in advancing conversations on current hot topics and future threats to safe and secure schools. School safety planning is an ongoing process, not a one-time event, and this book builds significantly upon the knowledge base covered in my first two books.
Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning introduces new, dedicated full chapters on managing the current national hysteria around bullying, preparing schools for terrorism, managing school safety on tight budgets, parents and school safety, and managing media and parent communications in the postcrisis stage of school emergency planning. These five new chapters offer practical, commonsense frameworks and steps school leaders can take to proactively manage and respond to highly visible, emotional, and political aspects of school safety leadership in today's security-sensitive school community. The guidance in these chapters will help school leaders navigate complex school safety issues while operating under unprecedented budget constraints.[Page xv]
Educators and safety officials will also benefit from new subchapter sections on hot topics that have emerged over the years since my first books. Administration building and board meeting security, after-hours school security; athletic and large event security; cell phones; Election Day security; elementary school security; Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and school privacy exceptions; Tasers and school police; training staff on school security and emergency preparedness; transportation security; diversifying emergency drills; tabletop exercises; and financial and continuity of operations plans are among the new and expanded subchapters. Readers who found my earlier publications helpful in covering a wide range of school security issues will find more best practices and issues to consider with the addition of these new topics.
School safety continues to be an evolving field, and keeping up with new information on school safety is as important as following the latest research in academic achievement. Updates on topics in this book will be added to my website at http://www.schoolsecurity.org. For timely and breaking updates on current trends, hot topics, free resources, news, opinion, and interactive dialogue on the latest developments in the school safety field, visit my blog at http://www.schoolsecurityblog.com and sign up for daily e-mail alerts.
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