In wake of the events in Newtown Connecticut in December 2012, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has recently approved a report which outlines several recommendations and improvements for school safety.
The 256-page report, released Thursday, notes that safety and security improvements have many long-term benefits. The report does not, however, take into consideration cost of the proposed improvements. Despite this omission, the commission “does not believe that any of its recommendations are fiscally impossible or unachievable.”
The report highlights the following points in the plan:
- Adopt the all-hazards approach: The plan includes improvements and upgrades to all school grounds, including an extensive overhaul of the security system and “protective infrastructure design features in all levels or layers of school facility construction including.” This also includes access to viable communication with police, fire, medical, school and other local officials.
- Improvements should enhance situational awareness: Situational awareness can help teachers, faculty, and other staff to identify potential problems that could arise in a school setting. This will teach school administration to observe early changes in a student’s or adult’s behavior that might be a cause for concern.
- Schools must create a safe climate: Schools must strive to create a safe environment for children not only physically, but also mentally. This means promoting an environment that discourages bullying and violence and promotes a peaceful environment.
- Safety and security strategies must be tailored to the needs of each community and school: With individual and differing needs in all communities, school must consider what unique circumstances will affect them
- School safety and security standards must be regularly reviewed and revised: Schools have to be adaptable and work reviews and changes, if need be, into their standards and plans.
Finally, the report calls for firearm permitting and more resources for the treatment of mental health issues.
Read the full report here.