Home > Kids > Childhood Safety > School Safety > What's a Good School Safety Policy?
|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

What's a Good School Safety Policy?

Family Safety Expert Advice from Gavin de Becker

Q: I am a teacher in a middle school and am concerned about contacting the office in case of an emergency. We have no connection by any means with the office (which is quite a distance away). Our principal doesn't allow teachers to have cellular phones in the building. What is a good policy that ensures everyone's safety in school?

A: Well, it's one where the people feel safe - and you don't, so the policy probably needs some help. Cellular phones may be inappropriate for students to carry at school, but assuming teachers are not using the phones in ways that interfere with their jobs, having one available seems like a good idea. I suggest finding out the principal's reasons for concern about personal phones and seeing if they can be addressed. The school clearly needs your help, and you are to be commended for persisting on this important area of school safety.

More on: Expert Advice

Gavin de Becker is widely regarded as the leading U.S. expert on the prediction and management of violence. His work has earned him three Presidential appointments and a position on a congressional committee. He is currently co-chair of the Domestic Violence Council Advisory Board, and a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
Looking for classic outdoor games kids can play in the driveway or on the sidewalk, just like the good ol' days? From hopscotch to bubble-blowing contests, there's something for all ages!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Best Sun Safety Practices for Babies
Follow these sun safety practices for babies to ensure your little one stays safe on the beach and on sunny days all year long.