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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

School Safety Beyond the Basics
The essentials for ensuring a safe environment
A District Administration Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on September 12, 2017
District and school safety plans and compliance measures are a start, but how do you move beyond the
basics to accurately assess the preparedness of your staff and students?
This web seminar discussed the most current recommendations for school safety and emergency
preparedness that every administrator should understand, as well as practical advice and best practices to
implement in any school or district when it comes to safety and security.

Catherine Finger: The phrase we use to capture what
we did in our district is very simple: "Every student,
every day." Over the years, NaviGate Prepared became
one of the arrows in our arsenal around school safety,
and it has made a difference in our district.
We have experienced success over time in a variety
of areas, but I believe that success begins with safety.
While there were many things that I was proud about
as a high school superintendent, the thing I used to
hear from parents that used to make my heart sing
was that their students felt loved in our district. That
deep need for all of us to belong to something greater
than ourselves, to feel safe, to feel secure, to feel
deeply embedded, is what makes a difference in terms
of connectedness in the school setting.
We relied on NaviGate Prepared to help us develop
and build upon what was already a deeply established
sense of security and safety. NaviGate Prepared helped
us take that to the next level.
School safety is always in the back of your mind as a
school leader. We're worried-not only about building
our school board members up every year, and not only
about doing more with less, as is often the direction
in many of our districts, but we are worried in the
back of our mind about school safety. That old adage,
"safety first," is true. We know that school emergencies
happen at the least convenient times. Having a good
system in place, having your administrators practiced

in routines, knowing how to direct staff so that you
don't have to think about it in times of crisis, can lead
to peace of mind. Having a strong system in place
improves the performance of your team and builds a
sense of synergy.
We were fortunate about four and a half years ago
to be invited to serve as a demo site for NaviGate
Prepared. We were able to expand that sense of
peace of mind to many of our colleagues throughout
the district. NaviGate Prepared, as I discovered as
a high school superintendent, wasn't just about a
product. NaviGate Prepared strives to be thought
leaders around school safety. They have abundant
resources available to them within the school safety
environment. I've met some amazing individuals, and
I'm looking forward to meeting many more.
Thom Jones: There were basically two defining
moments around school safety over the past 20
years. The first was the Columbine incident in 1999.
The second was Sandy Hook in 2012. There were a
lot of incidents that occurred both between those two
events and then afterward as well. But those two in
particular were definitely the most defining moments
in terms of what we did as a country, on a state level
and on the local level-whether it was throwing more
money into school safety, investing in various types of
products, or coming up with compliance regulations

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