Safety and Security Assessment Program
IS IT TIME TO CONDUCT YOUR SCHOOL'S
SAFETY AND SECURITY ASSESSMENT?
Wisconsin Statute §118.07(4) calls upon public and private schools to provide the safest, most secure environments for their students, staff, and visitors by identifying, alleviating and preventing risks, threats, and hazards.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:
A key step in fulfilling this obligation is conducting on-site safety & security assessments of each school building, site, and facility that are regularly occupied by pupils. Per this statute, assessments are to be completed in consultation with local law enforcement before creating or updating school safety plans.
A comprehensive school safety & security assessment informs and guides the creation or revision of school safety plans, and ensures that plans and subsequent actions align to the five critical hazard areas as identified in statute: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. An effective school security assessment of a school district’s or private school’s buildings and grounds will identify hazards, assess risks, and assist in the develop a plan of action for improving programs, policies, and protocols for school security. The assessment includes interviews of key staff, reviews of existing documents, and a comprehensive walk-through of all buildings and grounds.
WHY CONDUCT A SAFETY
AND SECURITY ASSESSMENT?
In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the law, conducting a school safety & security assessment is a sound strategy that will:
Promote student safety and academic excellence
Identify and manage safety and security risks
Help minimize liability from lawsuits
Foster the confidence and support of parents and the community
Provide critical data and insight for the development of school safety grant proposals
Help re-tool existing crisis/emergency response plans to address the new threats and homeland security needs and issues
Help prioritize school safety and security needs and the use of limited resources
Heighten awareness about school safety best practices
Provide a qualified, professional outside opinion and evaluation of school safety issues.
HOW WSSCA CAN HELP
Since 2013 the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA) has provided school safety and security assessments to public and private schools across the state. The process was initiated after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, and has been modified and revised over the years to stay aligned to current recommendations, best practices, and statutory requirements.
WSSCA’s School Safety & Security Assessment Program incorporates and adapts concept, principles, and ideas from:
The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Safe Schools Facilities Checklist
The Texas School Safety Center
School District Facility safety and security audits
Wisconsin Statute 118.07
Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety
The Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association.
CHOOSE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
The Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association offers two opportunities for schools to complete a safety and security assessment: an On-Site Assessment and a Self-Assessment Training Workshop. Find the best fit for your school.
A WSSCA-trained professional or team of professionals will conduct an on-site, in-person safety and security assessment for your school or district.
Mutually-agreed upon date and schedule
Assessments start at approximately $1,500/school
Learn to conduct your own school safety and security assessment through a WSSCA Assessment Training Workshop. Our staff will train you using the theory, tools and protocols we have successfully used throughout Wisconsin for years.
Four-hour training sessions held in September and October:
September 13 – Menomonee Falls
September 30 – Virtual
October 21 - Virtual
$100/person (WSSCA members and law enforcement officials); $175 for (2) registrants from the same district or school; $250 for (3) registrants from the same district or school. Non-member districts/schools have additional cost of $25/registrant.
PROFESSIONAL TOOLS TO HELP YOU PREPARE AND PROTECT.
Members have access to resources, classes, trainings and materials you can begin using right now. Plus, you become part of a broad community of professionals just like you.
UPCOMING TRAINING WORKSHOPS
LOOK NO FURTHER.
We want to help you do your job efficiently and successfully. That's why we've created a valuable, information-packed free resource you can download right now: a guide to planning for your school safety assessment. Complete the form below to get your download!