There are many safety and security issues that you must consider at the start of the new school year. Logically, we devote most of our time to discussing what to do during regular school hours. However, there is considerable risk to your school’s safety when we look at the extracurricular activities your schools also have regularly: sporting events, clubs, theatrical productions, field trips, etcetera. It is essential to plan for these events before having them. Planning needs to be for each event, not only the general events. Each activity has unique influences and circumstances which we must consider. For example, when we look at your typical football game, many differences influence how you approach the safety and security plan for a particular game: rivalries, how someone's season is progressing, playoff considerations, gangs or other violent activities in the area, location, size, and makeup of the crowd, etcetera.
While many of your extracurricular activities will have the same considerations, here are a few specific planning factors for a Friday night football game:
To address these concerns and others, schools and event organizers should collaborate with local law enforcement, security professionals, medical personnel, and other relevant stakeholders to develop a comprehensive security plan tailored to their specific circumstances. The goal is to create an environment where attendees can enjoy the game safely and without disruptions.