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School Safety Tips for Administrators

A simple list of ways to help keep kids safe at school

  • Enforce zero-tolerance policies toward the presence of weapons, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
  • Establish and enforce drug- and gun-free zones.
  • Establish policies that declare that anything that is illegal off campus is illegal on campus.
  • Engage students in maintaining a good learning environment by establishing a teen court.
  • Develop protocols between law enforcement and the school about ways to share information on at-risk youth.
  • Develop resource lists that provide referral services for students who are depressed or otherwise under stress.
  • Involve teens in designing and running programs such as mediation, mentoring, peer assistance, School Crime Watch, and graffiti removal programs.
  • Insist that all students put outerwear in their lockers during school hours.
  • Require all students to tuck in their shirts to keep them from hiding weapons.
  • Develop and enforce dress codes that ban gang-related and gang-style clothing.
  • Establish a policy of positive identification such as ID badges for administrators, staff, students, and visitors.
  • Deny students permission to leave school for lunch and other non-school-related activities during school hours.