This is a critically important subject, as it involves our kids.
There’s a lot of danger and lax behavior we’ll accept with ourselves, but when it comes to our kids, our senses and worry buttons are on hyper-alert status.
And rightly so.
*If you’re a homeschool parent, read on, because this applies to your kids as well in any public spaces. I know, because I’m a homeschool dad with kids who play public school sports.
With this lesson, I’m only going to cover a tiny segment of school emergency protocols because I want to keep it straight and simple.
Learn it, digest it, put it into practice.
That’s impossible to do, no matter how important the topic is if I throw too much info at you all at once.
Today, we are only dealing with what your students should do, and this applies to all students from preschool on up to college.
The flyer below demonstrates a standard school crisis response. This flyer was actually given to my 16yo son when he started college as part of his freshman orientation packet.
*If you want your own copy of this flyer, just right click and save it to your computer. Be sure to also download the One Sheet Round-Up below for a simplified mantra to help you remember all this easier.
I don’t want to repeat the information that’s already shown so well, but I would like to point out and add a couple of things about school emergency response.
Sadly, there was absolutely no training or instruction delivered to my son about this flyer. It was just a random piece of paper in a bag of college papers. That’s not a method for success or safety for our kids.
As a parent, you need to know the response plan and make sure your kids know it, whether it’s the one above or a different one for their school.
Your kids should be age-appropriately prepared for emergencies. My 16yo carries a small trauma kit in his school backpack. He’s also trained and certified to use it. Check below for information on training for your kids.
Don’t coddle your kids. Too many parents worry about exposing their kids to too much reality by preparing them for emergencies and yet allow them to play first person shooter games and binge John Wick movies. They’ve already been exposed, whether you admit it or not. It’s your job to make sure they’re also PREPARED.
If you have the resources and capability, train your kids beyond the school’s plan. For instance, although your kids can’t carry weapons at school, my kids know how to find and use expedient weapons to protect themselves. If you’ve seen John Wick yourself, you know how dangerous pencils can be.
We’ll cover these in future lessons, but you need to have your own individual family emergency plan that goes beyond what happens at school. We’ll cover items like meeting up after the emergency, communications, and more.
Respect and appreciate law enforcement, but DO NOT ever fully depend on them. The school shooting in Uvalde TX is sadly a perfect example of a law enforcement failure that directly resulted in the deaths of additional students and staff.
That’s the basics, but be sure to download the One Page Round-Up for a simpler version to remember.
My simpler version is based on the Run-Hide-Fight protocol and leaves room for additional training and common sense to help your student stay safe.
Real Life Case Study: School Shootings
I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I really don’t want to give you any real world case studies on this one. There are too many, and too many of them are recent.
I’ll say this about real world examples of school shootings.
Perhaps one of the most successful responses of both students, staff, and law enforcement combined was an early one, the one that occurred at Columbine High School in CO in 1999.
Instead of doing an Internet search and entering the chaos of news reports, studies, and conspiracy theories, find a good movie about the event and watch it with your kids.
Let them experience the emotion of what could happen and what they need to do to stay safe.
I’m Not Ashamed – The story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed in the shooting.
First Aid and CPR Training
All kids should know how to do first aid and CPR!
I personally train and certify in First Aid and CPR, and would love to help train you and your kids.
I can do these classes in person or online.
I can work with individuals or groups.
This is my core philosophy on preparedness.
Get prepared NOW as best you can with what you have. It’s better than nothing.
Stay simple. Don’t complicate things.
Upgrade and level up as time, money, resources, or training are available. Never stop improving.
Train and practice often. Always think of yourself as an amateur.
Don’t get complacent. Anything can happen anywhere.
I am here to serve.
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