Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
School safety is not a problem directly related to school funding, but rather stems from a lack of care and focus on the part of school staff members. Due to a constant change in threats to schools and students, research was conducted as to the way in which safety is discussed and implemented on a local school campus. The research for this topic was collected through interviews with local school administration, teachers, and a retired principal with experience in both school crisis management and emergency preparedness. From these interviews it was found that administration does not strictly require teachers to be knowledgeable in safety and emergency preparedness, resulting in teachers feeling fearful and unprepared. Data analysis showed that a lack of time, community partnerships, and a fear of the â€œunknownâ€ were the biggest factors contributing to the unpreparedness of this school and its staff. To help change this, a training in emergency preparedness was offered on campus with guidance and information provided by a community organization. After completion of the training, the school no longer depended upon the teacherâ€™s willingness to read a safety packet, but rather they could proceed with the assurance that all staff members were given the same training and therefore would react to emergency situations with the same care and efficiency.
Cross, Ashley Lynn, "Sound the alarm : are our students safe?" (2014). Capstone Projects (Campus-Only Access). 292.