School Safety: Historical and Contemporary Considerations for School and District Administrators

School Safety: Historical and Contemporary Considerations for School and District Administrators

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-9904-7.ch016
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“The safety, crisis, and mental health resources that were in place prior to the crisis almost always reflect the school's capacity to respond to it,” (Cowan & Rossen). While it is true that all educational institutions ought to be ready in theory, this is not always the case, as demonstrated by historical and contemporary occurrences. Schools have battled a lack of knowledge and readiness about school safety and security throughout history, in the present, and up until now. Schools are also attempting to counteract the negative effects this has on student performance and overall achievement. The catastrophes of the future are, in many respects, already scripted. Children's safety and security are the main concerns when it comes to education across the nation. In order to address school safety and security, factors such as social-emotional learning, historical context of this issue, school environment and cultural effects, and overall teacher education and development should be taken into account.
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History Of The Problem

Examining the past of incidents and threats to school safety and security is crucial, as is talking about the value of safety and how it contributes to personal development. This section will look at the first instance of a threat to school safety and security, as well as the evolution and history of the known threats to school safety and security will also be covered in this section.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Professional Development: Consisting of professional development opportunities that are in line with the goals of school, school district, and/or state growth as well as the demands of student learning and educator development.

Education: Knowledge or instruction in a specific field or subject.

Induction: To offer new instructors an organized framework of assistance.

Educator: Someone who imparts knowledge to others.

Emergency: An unforeseen incident that endangers people's lives or property and necessitates using standard community resources and procedures right away.

Teacher Induction Program: Helping new teachers advance their knowledge, abilities, practices, and mindsets as they move from a teacher preparation program into the day-to-day reality of teaching.

School Violence: Violence against minors that takes place on school premises, on routes to or from schools, or at events organized by schools.

School Climate: The nature and norms of school life.

School Culture: Perceptions, attitudes, and ideals of educators, staff members, and administrators that impact school building customs, traditions, and social norms.

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