Safety Starts at the Top

Here’s how one CEO supports his district’s safety program

I just received an E-mail from a person who is in charge of a project to revise a school district’s crisis plans under a federally funded grant. She advised me that her superintendent had opted to give up two hours of his time at an annual session for all administrators in the district so safety, security and emergency preparedness training could be provided. 

Keeping in mind that he mandated 16 hours of advanced level training for all administrators a couple of years ago as a condition of employment with the district, I would say this is quite a commitment, more so because he has never given up his time on the agenda for any other topic. 

This level of support from the CEO of an educational organization is highly commendable. It is also affecting tremendous positive change in his organization.  It is so impressive to see such examples of leaders who lead by example when it comes to life safety for students, staff and visitors to their campuses.

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About the Author


Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a global non profit campus safety center. During his 30 year campus safety career, Michael has served as a university police officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He served as a school system police chief for ten years before being appointed the lead expert for the nation's largest state government K-20 school safety center. The author of 25 books on school safety, his work has taken him to Central America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. Michael welcomes comments, questions or requests for clarification at Note: The views expressed by guest bloggers and contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Campus Safety magazine.

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