An excerpt from Rick Shaffer’s complete article, “Compliant Isn’t Good Enough: Why Mount Vernon City School Goes the Extra Mile with School Safety” Read the full article on Upshot.
It’s Serious Work
Rick Shaffer takes great pride in his home town and his school community. He is fully committed to leaving it in a better way than he found it. We’re pretty sure, Rick will accomplish his goals, and then some.
In the state of Ohio, school safety regulations and compliance are more stringent than most states. Nevertheless, Rick’s proactive approach takes him and Mount Vernon City Schools beyond compliance ensuring staff and students are prepared.
Empowering Action, Improving Preparedness
What is the ratio of staff to administrators in your building? 100 to 1? 50 to 1? Suffice it to say, the ratio is big enough that staff are far more likely to encounter an emergency than an administrator. Why then, aren’t we training staff to initiate a drill or pull a fire alarm? Learn how Rick is using the audio and text scenarios found in the Drill Logs module of NaviGate Prepared to empower staff to initiate a drill.
Giving staff the opportunity to drill a scenario puts their actions into context. Chances are it will not go smoothly at first (it certainly didn’t for Rick’s staff!), but then comes the confidence and experience to effectively respond when an emergency does occur.
Sleep a Little Easier
Stepping up his game in Mount Vernon means, in the years to come, Rick will rest easier when his grandson enters kindergarten. Be sure to read Rick’s article and take away something you can use in your district. No doubt it will make Rick a happy man to know he’s helped someone else sleep a little easier, too.
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