For over two decades CSI has been conducting school safety assessments and reviewing crisis response plans for schools, colleges and universities. CSI personnel will utilize our proprietary 100 plus page assessment document to assess items including but not limited to:
CSI school safety assessors will utilize digital cameras, recording devices and other equipment to document various aspects of the school district operations. Assessors will observe the campuses and facilities at various times throughout the day and into the evenings, returning to see conditions both at night and on weekends, when many campuses have school or other activities occurring.
CSI staff will also examine the district in the context of applying the basic elements of school safety: policies and procedures, programs, partnerships, physical security, and personnel. Throughout the evaluation, assessors will note the discrepancies between written policies and actual procedures; examine various programs that are currently being utilized by the district or individual campuses; seek out partnership opportunities with school stakeholders; and note areas of physical security that are well established and maintained as well as those areas that may need minor improvements or major modifications. We’ll also help you with your CPTED audits and CPTED assessments.
School safety is comprised of three primary elements: planning which includes all-hazards response plans; policies and procedures to keep the facility and its personnel safe and practice including realistic drills and practical training.
A Lockdown procedure may be implemented when a situation occurs that may be an imminent hazard to health or is life threatening. It is intended to limit access and hazards by controlling and managing staff and students in order to increase safety and reduce possible victimization.
An evacuation is necessary when imminent danger requires a move to a safer location.
On-site evacuation is when persons are removed from school to a safe location on the premises or nearby property. The most common on-site evacuation is a fire drill where students are directed to leave the building and assemble at safe locations on or near the campus.
Off-site evacuation occurs when persons are removed from the school to a remote safe location such as a primary evacuation site or directly to the reunion site. An off-site evacuation usually requires transportation.
A Shelter-in-Place procedure may be implemented when a situation occurs that may be a hazard to health or is life threatening. It can be used when it is safer to keep the students inside the building rather than expose them to possible harm by allowing them to leave the building. Tornado warnings, wildfires or terrorist incidents may all trigger a shelter-in-place, securing the students while keeping the buildings open for entry only.
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