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The Comprehensive Handbook of School Safety

1st Edition

Edited by E. Scott Dunlap

CRC Press

454 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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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.


"…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."

Security Management

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

About the Editor

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

About the Series

Occupational Safety & Health Guide Series

The aim of this series is to develop books to address the myriad of unique topics which are encompassed within the areas of responsibility of a safety professional. The scope of the series is broad addressing traditional occupational safety and health topics as well as emerging and correlating topic areas such as ergonomics, security, labor, school safety, employment, workplace violence, and other topics. Safety professionals often assume a broad spectrum of responsibilities, depending on the organization, which go beyond the traditional safety professional’s role. This series should become the "one stop" source for safety professionals to locate texts on traditional as well as emerging and correlating subjects related to the safety and health function.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety