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Safe and Secure Schools (Facilitator's Guide + DVD)

Safe and Secure Schools (Facilitator's Guide + DVD)
Managing and Responding to Threats and Violence

April 2016 | 72 pages | Corwin

An essential school-safety training tool

Preparing your school to survive a violent emergency can seem like an impossible task. How do you plan for the unpredictable? Begin with this DVD and facilitator’s guide—that reflect the latest research and expertise from school-safety experts Judy Brunner and Dennis Lewis. When you guide teachers and staff through this training, and share the lessons with parents and students, you can be confident every stakeholder will know what to do if the unthinkable comes to pass.

Featuring discussion questions, original videos with review questions, an emergency preparedness classroom checklist, tabletop exercises for staff and students, and a sample action plan you can customize, this program helps you to: 

  • Address how and when to secure a classroom
  • Understand the differences between posing a threat and making a threat
  • Clarify the dos and don’ts of electronic communication in an emergency
  • Teach students about self-sheltering and evacuating if an adult isn’t present
  • Understand your ethical and legal responsibilities

Threats and violence are an unfortunate reality for many schools. With this comprehensive preparation program, you’ll make sure everyone is ready to respond—and keep your school a safe place for teaching and learning.

About the Authors
How to Use This Guide
Chapter 1: Video Discussion Questions
Part One - Introduction
Part Two - Legal and Professional Responsibilities
Part Three - School Climate, Bullying, Harassment, and Acts of Violence
Part Four - Understanding and Managing Student Threats of Violence
Part Five - Administrative Preparedness: Responding to Acts of Violence
Part Six - Classroom Preparedness: Responding to Acts of Violence
Part Seven - Student Preparedness: Responding to Acts of Violence
Part Eight - Support Staff Preparedness: Responding to Acts of Violence
Part Nine - Parent Preparedness: Responding to Acts of Violence
Part Ten - Emergency Preparedness for Extra Curricular & Non-Traditional Settings: Responding to Acts of Violence
Part Eleven - Responding to Bomb Threats and Explosive Devices
Chapter 2: Tabletop Exercises - Using Scenario-Based Exercises for Increased Participant Learning
Staff Scenarios
Exercise Instructions

Facilitator Instructions

Tabletop Exercises

Student Scenarios
Exercise Instructions

Facilitator Instructions

Tabletop Exercises

Bomb Threat Checklist
Bomb Threat Pyramid
Cafeteria Evacuation Procedure
Classroom Checklist
Emergency Response Plan App
Gym Shelter Procedures
Sample Calendar
Sample Lesson Plan
Sample Portfolio
Sample Supervision Plan
Threat Assessment Considerations and Questions
Threat Protocol

"School violence is a part of our lives and being prepared is key to surviving. Judy Brunner and Dennis Lewis have provided excellent materials in this training video for educators to understand, observe and respond to threats, and attempt to handle the unthinkable in their schools. We always hope these threats of violence never happen to us. Being intentional and knowing we haven’t waited until they do makes this product an absolute essential for practitioners to have in their toolbox."

Matt Hudson, Dean of Technical Education
Ozarks Technical Community College

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781506328812

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