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School Violence Prevention Check List

Many of us are wondering what we can do as parents, educators, and students to ensure school safety. The first step is to know what questions to ask about safety at your school. Here is a school violence prevention checklist from the Department of Education.

What To Look For -- Key Characteristics of Responsive & Safe Schools

    Does my school have characteristics that:

    ___ Are responsive to all children?

What To Look For -- Early Warning Signs of Violence

    Has my school taken steps to ensure that all staff, students, & families:

    ___ Understand the principles underlying the identification of early warning signs?

    ___ Know how to identify & respond to imminent warning signs?

    ___ Are able to identify early warning signs?

What To Do -- Intervention: Getting Help for Troubled Children

    Does my school:

    ___ Understand the principles underlying intervention?

    ___ Make early intervention available for students at risk of behavioral problems?

    ___ Provide individualized, intensive interventions for students with severe behavioral problems?

    ___ Have schoolwide preventive strategies in place that support early intervention?

What To Do -- Crisis Response

    Does my school:

    ___ Understand the principles underlying crisis response?

    ___ Have a procedure for intervening during a crisis to ensure safety?

    ___ Know how to respond in the aftermath of tragedy?

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