The 1997 Virginia General Assembly passed legislation directing school boards to require all schools to conduct safety audits. This audit is designed to assess the safety conditions in each public school to: (1) identify and, if necessary, develop solutions for physical safety concerns, including building security issues; and (2) identify and evaluate any patterns of student safety concerns occurring on school property or at school-sponsored events. The legislation also directed the superintendent of public instruction to develop a list of items to be reviewed and evaluated in the school safety audits. As a result, the Department of Education developed this school safety audit protocol to be used as a guide for the audit. The guide addresses components of the audit process, the audit protocol, the audit procedure, audit forms (buildings and grounds, development and enforcement of policies, data collection, prevention and intervention programs, staff development, student involvement, parent and community involvement, role of law enforcement, crisis management plan, standards for security personnel, Americans with Disabilities Act, and emergency response plan), and audit interviews.
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