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1st Edition

The Comprehensive Handbook of School Safety

Edited By

E. Scott Dunlap

ISBN 9781138077799
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
454 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In most schools you will probably see one, if not all of the following:

  • Metal detectors to prevent handguns and other weapons from being brought onto school property
  • Students in standardized uniforms to prevent the appearance of gang affiliations
  • Police officers patrolling the property to deter violent activity as well as respond to incidents

Such evolutions have forever changed how we view the safety of our students. However, the phrase "school safety" goes beyond these issues of security put in place to protect students, faculty, and staff. Environmental factors also play a role. The Comprehensive Handbook of School Safety expands the dialogue on school safety to comprehensively address the spectrum of safety risks such as bullying, fire safety, playground and transportation safety, and more. Based on research and practical experience, it helps school administrators develop appropriate programs that protect all individuals from harm.

Author E. Scott Dunlap brings his experience in OSHA and DOT compliance, behavior-based safety, and organizational safety culture to bear on the issue of school safety. He presents school safety from a holistic perspective and details vulnerability assessment tools and incident investigation forms to help schools develop a comprehensive safety program. By focusing on this range of issues, the book’s dynamic perspective puts the keys to achieving an effective safety program within easy reach.

Table of Contents

School Security
Vulnerability Assessments, Ryan K. Baggett and Pamela A. Collins, PhD
Access Control, Ronald Dotson
Dress Codes, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
School Resource Officer, James P. Stephens
Bullying, Lynn McCoy-Simandle
Cyber Security, Michael Land, EdD
Information Security, Michael Land, EdD
Event Security, Ronald Dotson
Scalable Approach to School Security, Gary Folckemer
School Violence and At-Risk Youth, Kelly Gorbett, PhD
Mental Health in the School Setting, Kelly Gorbett, PhD

School Safety
Fire Hazards, Greg Gorbett and Bill Hicks
Fire Protection Systems, Bill Hicks
Life Safety, Bill Hicks
Working from Heights, Ronald Dotson
Ergonomics, Paul English, CSP
Hazard Communication, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Environmental Hazards, Paul English, CSP and E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Playground Safety, Ronald Dotson
Transportation Safety, Terry Kline, EdD
Lab Safety, Ronald Dotson
Food Safety, Sheila Pressley, PhD

Emergency Management
Emergency Response Procedures, Ronald Dotson
Emergency Response and Situational Awareness, James P. Stephens
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools, Amy Hughes
Academic Continuity, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP

Program Development and Execution
Creating Written Programs, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Organizational Training, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Program Auditing, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Injury and Illness Recordkeeping, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Injury Management, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Metrics, E. Scott Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Communication and Program Development, Rebbecca Schramm
Safety Leadership, Ronald Dotson
School Safety Management, Ronald Dotson

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E. Scott Dunlap and Ron Dotson are Assistant Professors at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.


"…very thorough … well written … "
—Earl Blair, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

"… invaluable to administrators and educators as a relevant and active tool to prepare for crisis management. Maintaining a safe learning environment while dealing with emergency preparedness is a real issue that all school systems must deal with in a proactive manner, this book can help the reader achieve this goal."
—Nancy Booth, Boone County Schools, Madison, West Virginia, USA

"I was truly impressed with the thoroughness of topics … deals with issues every administrator faces on a regular basis (e.g. school bullying and cyber security). It is a very timely text."
—Pam Dalton, Danbury Public Schools, Stratford, Connecticut, USA

" … provides a holistic approach to assessing the challenges involved in school safety through thoughtful pieces by the editor and 15 contributors."
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