The Comprehensive School Safety Checklist
Do you want to assess how safe your school is for the children who study in it?
The following safety checklists for schools have been prepared by the CBSE. Print it out and go through it to find out the aspects of school safety that your institution has covered and those that you need to work on.
- 1. THE EMOTIONAL SAFETY CHECKLIST
Is there a child protection policy which includes procedures to be followed ateacher or another member of staff is accused of harming a child?Does the school provide an going training and development for staff to address their responsibilities to protect children from abuse?Does the school inform and consult parents and encourage the participation of families in child protection issues?Is the child being helped to understand his right over his own body especially, the right to say ‘No’?Do the children enjoy an enabling environment and are they encouraged to share their personal confidence with the teachers?Does the school provide a sensitive platform for building self – esteem an communication skills among children?
- 2. THE SOCIAL SAFETY CHECKLIST
Are the children being given enough guidance on managing emotions and building healthy peer relationships?Are they being given positive reinforcement to stay away from criticism, rude language, gossiping and trivial matters that may lead to violence?Are there enough programmers’ conducted on AIDS –Awareness, Anti –tobacco and Anti- Drugs environment?Are there stress management workshops, yoga classes and meditation sessions for students and teachers?Is there a strict restriction on corporal punishment and emotional harassment of students by teachers?
- 3. THE PHYSICAL SAFETY CHECKLIST
Have the teachers undergone basic training courses on counseling, first-aid and identification of disabilities?Is there an emphasis on intake of balanced diet by the students and is the consumption of junk food discouraged?Do the teachers have their meals with the students and monitor their eating habits? Is the chemistry lab equipped to handle common emergencies?Has the school constituted a parent –teacher –students committee to address the safety needs of the students?Are the auditorium, assembly hall, gymnasium all free from hazardous fixtures and with adequate light and ventilation?Are the secluded corners, corridors and staircases kept under watch by staff members during lunch breaks and at the time of dispersal?Are the special records like blood groups, allergies and medication that need to prescribed frequently updated with parental support?Are the physical education instructors sensitive enough to involve students in sports according to their physical capabilities and health related issues?
- 4. THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SAFETY CHECKLIST
Do the students and staff members know and understand the evacuation plan toavoid stampede in case of a disaster?Are the protocols to be followed in case of emergencies displayed at different places in the building?Are the teachers and paramedical staff trained to provide artificial breathing and artificial resuscitation?Can the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Police Service or any other Community Service be contacted by dialing?Is there a School Disaster Response Team consisting of administration members, teachers and senior students?Is the safety and security checklist used for planning and designing new facilities or assessing existing ones?
- 5. THE CYBER SAFETY CHECKLIST
Are parents and children provided enough awareness on safe usage of technology and how to avoid taking risks?Are parents and children provided enough awareness on safe usage of technology and how to avoid taking risks?
(Source:Quarterly Bulletin of CBSE)