School Planning & Management

JAN 2013

School Planning & Management is the information resource for professionals serving the K-12 education market. Covering facilities, security, technology and business.

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As with all tragedies, there will be questions and countless efforts to seek solutions to prevent something like this from happening again. The professionals in the educational facilities industry will undoubtedly rise to the occasion to make contributions to these discussions from a physical security aspect within the built environment. There will be demands at all levels to make our schools safer, but they will not end with new or enhanced operational protocols. The physical aspect of security will become a bigger issue and a major part of the discussion. Within hours after receiving this horrific news, CEFPI members and leaders were sending messages asking, "What can we do as an organization/industry to help?" You will undoubtedly see many technical articles related to physical security in the coming year, and CEFPI members will be a major contributor to those. In addition to those, CEFPI is preparing to launch several initiatives in the immediate term to address this issue. First, we will be making the case on Capitol Hill and anywhere else we need to be, for our industry representatives to be at the table when solution discussions begin. CEFPI will work to ensure that our national, state/provincial and local leaders know the importance the built environment plays, and that it must work hand-in-hand with operational protocols (i.e. lock-down drills, procedures, etc.) and other protective measures. Second, CEFPI will launch an initiative to ensure all professionals in the school facility industry have access to the latest cutting edge knowledge and ideas for incorporating safety in all planning, design and construction projects. We will offer free or inexpensive webinars and seminars to reach as many professionals as we can, to spread this content. Third, we, as an organization, will be the resource for lawmakers, policy makers, funding sources and others that need our expertise in this area, and hopefully work together with all of the partners to ensure all schools are as safe as they can be. Our brief annual contribution to this "Trends for 2013" article is normally intended to address the multitude of issues on the horizon for the educational environment. It is intended to provide a snapshot of the state of the industry and help define our priorities as an association. Right now, that snapshot paints a horrible picture that we may never understand. We can, however, do our very best to use the expertise, knowledge, skills and abilities to help prevent future tragedies. If you would like to get involved, please visit us at www.cefpi.org. >> John K. Ramsey, CAE, is executive director/ CEO of CEFPI. SCHOOL SAFETY TRENDS WHEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS IMPLEMENTING PRACTICAL SCHOOL SAFETY MEASURES IN A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME. BY MO CANADY O ▲ n Dec. 14, an unthinkable act occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. This tragedy will certainly have a significant impact on school safety trends for years to come. While the debate has begun over gun control and mental health isTHE sues, it is important that TRENDS we also look at practical 2013 school safety strategies that can be implemented in a reasonable period of time. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) has been sought out by a number of media outlets, school districts and law enforcement agencies inquiring about the proper role of school resource officers (SROs) or school-based 12 police officers. The recent statement from the National Rifle Association led to even more calls and questions about armed guards in schools. It is important that we are clear concerning two issues. First, placing an officer in a school is not the only solution to safety and security. A safe school is the result of a collaborative effort between multiple agencies and individuals. Every school should have a well-written and well-practiced plan that involves school administration, teachers, staff, parents, students, counselors, school nurses, law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel, just to name a few. Secondly, NASRO does not advocate for simply placing an armed guard in a school, nor do we agree with the general SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 idea of arming teachers. We do, however, recognize the benefit of a properly trained and well-selected school-based police officer. This officer must be the right person for the job, and it is critical that they are trained in the way to properly function in a school environment. The presence of school resource officers in schools has become an important part of the duty to protect children on campus. Parents and local officials in communities around the world enjoy an effective relationship with local police as part of a school safety plan. Statistically speaking, the effectiveness of school resource officers is firmly established. For example, in America, school crime is down — incidences of school-associated deaths, violence, nonfatal WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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