As we discussed last month, July should be used to put all of your plans into motion. July is the time you should set aside to address any last minute changes, improvements and additions to your school safety program. As you do this, remember the three pillars of school safety and the four phases of emergency preparedness.
The Three Pillars of School Safety are:
The Four Phases of Emergency Preparedness are:
Why are these two operations frameworks so important to what you are doing in July? Well, because everything you are doing and preparing for the new school year will have to fit within the structures of these two frameworks. The frameworks above set the structure and foundation for the safety program you are building. By comparing what you are doing this month to prepare for next month, you ensure that you are on the right track and that you are covering everything you need to cover. So what should we be covering right now:
The bottom line is that the validation and verification of your school safety program require significant planning and attention throughout the school year. Therefore, it is crucial to schedule and plan as much of this ahead of time as possible to ensure a smooth process and overall success. Now is the time to do this planning, when there are likely to be the fewest distractions you will have at any given time during the school year.