If you’re looking to make improvements to the school at which you work, this article should be somewhat helpful. You need to make sure your students and the school are safe, secure, and well-equipped. Here are some ways to ensure the best educational environment.
Now, it is important that you distinguish between spying and surveillance. Installing CCTV cameras around the school is for security purposes. If there are robberies or any crime, the footage can be used to catch the culprits. It should, in any case, deter crime or nefarious activities if students and outsiders are aware that surveillance cameras have been installed.
Safety for Vehicles
If your educational institute has a lot for the vehicles of staff or students, install cameras here too, and have a security guard if the lot is particularly large. Ensure that bicycle parking racks also have locks for students that use them. This should preventstudents or outsiders from stealing bikes, which is a common theft anywhere in the world.
Make sure the school is equipped with fire alarms and fire extinguishers, and take care to have regular fire drills (once a month is recommended) for the students and staff. Arrange for an appropriate exit route and assembly point. Don’t place the bicycle parking racks in a place where movement would be obstructed, for example. Make sure that fire hydrants are accessible and that fire trucks can easily approach the building(s).
If your school has laboratory or science classes, do not jeopardize the health and safety of students and staff by not having the right street furniture. Science labs rarely see injury, but it is always best to have all users of the lab wear safety goggles, lab coats, and gloves.
Medical Care and Emergencies
Most schools have a nurse on standby, asick room, and basic first aid kits. However, it is also good practice to regularly conduct workshops to train staff and student in emergency procedures, such as CPR or the Heimlich manoeuvre. Educate students about medical emergencies, including allergic reactions, as many people who do not have allergies of their own do not know the severity of such reactions.
Make sure the school building is regularly inspected by a building inspector to prevent any damage or safety hazards. Many administrators overlook such matters under the assumption that major issues are unlikely. However, there can be serious problems with exits or stairways, for example, which can hinder emergency procedures.
Maps and Charts
Ensure that every room is equipped with maps and charts of safety procedures and emergency exits. All fire exits, extinguishers, and any other safety measures must be clearly labelled or indicated. This cannot be stressed enough, as even if you have trained your students well, there can be visitors to the school who don’t know what to do.
These are a few of the most important measures to equip your educational institute to be safe and secure.