How to Keep Students Safe in the Age of Active Shooters

March 27, 2018
Education Industry

The recent acts of violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Great Mills High School have stirred up a debate about school safety programs and what needs to be done to protect our students. Proposed solutions run the gamut, including metal detectors, door barricades, bulletproof backpacks, ALICE active shooter training, better active shooter drills, and more. While these tools can play a key role in student safety, what you really need is a robust safety plan capable of warding off danger on multiple fronts.

 

An effective school security plan covers three primary areas: (1) awareness, (2) incident management, and (3) recovery. (You can remember these with the acronym AIR — because these days, safety is every bit as vital as oxygen.)

 

Here’s how your school can protect students from harm in the face of an unanticipated threat, like an active shooter incident — and how CrisisGo’s comprehensive safety platform can support your efforts.   

 

1.      Awareness

 

The key to improving safety in schools is training students, staff, and educators to spot danger early. CrisisGo’s app includes a safety awareness center with always-accessible, life-saving information, such as ways to prevent violence and classroom safety tips. School leaders can also send out digital safety cards if they want to share relevant or timely safety messages. With these tools, you can train your students, teachers, and parents to quickly recognize potential threats to their safety, such as severe weather, traffic issues, cyber risks, bullies, active shooters, and more.

 

Let’s say that someone in your community notices a suspicious-looking person wandering around campus. With CrisisGo’s safety app, they can easily alert others to the danger right from their mobile device. They can also send multi-media, such as pictures and videos, to give first responders a clear idea of what they’re walking into.

 

2.      Incident Management

 

You cannot predict how people will react during a crisis, when adrenaline floods their system, activating their fight-flight-freeze response. Most school shootings are over within minutes, so every second counts. Don’t leave your educators and students panicked and scrambling to google answers on how to respond to an active shooter. Give your school the gift of extra minutes during an emergency with CrisisGo’s safety app. Your teachers can quickly guide students to safety using CrisisGo’s digital plans, accessible with or without an internet connection, and featuring step-by-step emergency checklists, exit routes, and your school’s specific active shooter protocols.   

 

It’s vital to have reliable, two-way crisis communication when you’re on lockdown for an active shooter event or other emergency. CrisisGo’s custom messaging groups allow your educators to stay connected to your administrators, to local law enforcement, and to each other until the threat has been handled. Instead of relying solely on a few people with walkie-talkies, you can empower all of your educators and students to take an active role in keeping each other safe with the CrisisGo app, which can be accessed on a computer or any mobile device.

 

3.      Recovery

 

Every weekday, parents say goodbye to their child and send them off to school, trusting that administrators and educators will keep them safe. While you can’t control the actions of disturbed individuals or predict when exactly danger will strike, you can take active steps to better protect your students. During an emergency, educators can use CrisisGo’s digital rosters to keep track of everyone in their charge, ensuring that no child gets separated from the group, hurt, or worse. Give your educators the mobile safety tools they need to improve classroom safety and respond quickly and effectively to any crisis.

 

Davia Sills