Schools have the utmost responsibility to keep students safe. There is a large emphasis on being prepared for wide-scale crises, and although that is a critical and necessary component to emergency management, schools need to also be prepared for everyday incidents. It’s these everyday situations—like an irate visitor or a student displaying symptoms of COVID-19—that effect students and staff the most.
Most Common Incidents
Everyday incidents are much more likely to occur and it is up to the school and administrators to ensure they are prepared to react and respond immediately. Does your school have a system in place for addressing these emergencies?
1. Medical Assistance
Incidents requiring medical assistance are oftentimes the most common scenario faced by a school. Common incidents include: an allergic reaction, a playground or PE class injury, complications from a health condition, and a student or staff member showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Though schools have programs in place to support student socio-emotional well-being, fights between students can occur. It is important teachers or staff can quickly summon the right help to stop the fight before anyone is injured.
3. Suspicious Activity
What is often an innocent mistake of a visitor being lost on campus, it is important for staff to be able to identify people who are not in the right location and request assistance if needed. Enforcement of a visitor badging system is crucial in these scenarios.
4. Spills/Localized Flooding
A student spills their drink in the cafeteria. The water fountain in the main hallway just sprung a leak. A toilet has overflowed in the boy’s bathroom. All common scenarios that occur on a campus that can have negative consequences if not acted upon immediately.
5. Irate Parent
The relationship between staff and students, as well as their families, is essential. If an angry parent confronts their child’s teacher, it’s important that schools are equipped to respond before the situation escalates.
6. Suspicious Smell
A chemistry experiment gone wrong. A gas leak. A student detonating a stink-bomb. Any suspicious smell warrants quick action.
To ensure speedy repair of campus assets, notification of damage is important. This can also help reduce repeat offenses.
8. Administrator to Specific Location
There are many situations that require quick administrator presence, including if a banned visitor or someone with COVID-19 exposure risk attempts to enter your school. Being able to summon help immediately builds trust and promotes safety.
Get Just the Help You Need, Whenever You Need It
Knowing that your campus is more likely to experience a localized incident than a campus-wide disaster, it is important that staff have the proper communication tools to respond and keep the situation from escalating.
With Raptor Alert—an Alyssa’s Law compliant mobile panic alert system that expedites response to both localized incidents and school or district-wide emergencies—teachers and staff can initiate an incident, send situation-specific, instant notifications to building team members, stay updated with real-time group messaging, and connect with 9-1-1 through the app for additional help if needed.
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