Protecting America’s Students at School by Clarence Johnson, Ph.D., is a book that will be of value to all school administrators and anyone who works with children and is responsible for their safety. As a former teacher and school administrator, I found this book to be extremely important to creating safety and security within schools and school districts. With all of the recent tragedies with children in schools, this book is particularly relevant and current.
Dr. Johnson has a no-nonsense approach to safety and security for school districts, and provides an easy-to-follow guide for recreating what he so successfully created in Houston, Texas. His first goal in developing a plan was to focus on protecting every student from death, evil and nonsense. Each week, the plan was reviewed on Fridays and any adjustments needed were implemented on Mondays. Dr. Johnson also made sure to acknowledge and praise those who did an exceptional job in promoting safety and security. He had faculty and staff take on specific assignments and kept substitutes on call for emergencies. He created checklists and forms to streamline and simplify the system, making it easy for everyone to follow.
The safety and security plan created by Dr. Johnson includes general safety, security, fire, and lockdowns. His checklists are extremely thorough and include topics such as leadership, locking doors, response time, accountability, student management and so much more. The author was focused on being all inclusive in his efforts in creating a plan and he was very successful. Dr. Johnson also created a campus security assessment that gave schools a baseline to work from to build a complete security program. He also traveled to schools to perform evaluations and provide feedback.
I highly recommend Protecting America’s Students at School to anyone in education who wants to improve the safety and security of the children. This book is particularly useful for leaders who need to implement a security program. Dr. Johnson is an expert in safety and security and provides a wealth of information that can be immediately implemented.Powered by Sidelines