School Safety Checklist
So, you are about to open the doors of the school after a long summer break. Do you know for sure that your school is safe? Do you have a school safety mission statement ready to present to your staff during in-service? One way to make sure everything is as safe as possible is to go down a school safety checklist and evaluate any changes that need to be made.
First, start with the entrance to your school. This area should be well lit to allow students to see where they are walking. Also, exit lights need to be working so that students can find exits in emergencies. Mats should be on the floor to keep it from becoming slippery in wet weather. The doors should be made of safety glass. Steps, handrails, and thresholds should all be secure and in good repair. There should be no obstructions in the way of the entrance to the school.
Next, move to the hallways and any stairs in your school. Again, make sure these are properly lit. Stairways need to have nonskid treads applied and in good repair. No obstacles should be in the hallways or on the stairs. If you have lockers, make sure that they are secure.
Finally, move to the classrooms. Make sure that the equipment, such as desks, tables, and chairs, are all in good condition with no sharp or protruding edges. Check the floor to make sure there are no tripping hazards. Make sure all extension cords are used properly. Also ensure that there is enough room between pieces of furniture to allow students to make a quick exit when needed.
Once you have gone through your school safety checklist, you are ready to face your staff members. Create a school safety mission statement that the staff members can refer to. Remember, your goal is to keep your students safe so that they can properly learn while they are at school.