Keeping schools safe is the number one concern of everyone involved in education. Without safe classrooms and schools, students cannot learn. And if the worst were to happen, students can be lives can be threatened.
Schools have taken this very seriously as the number of violent incidents in schools has increased. Layers and layers of specific safety measures are now part of the day to day operation of schools.
The impact this has on students and teachers is probably a good topic for another time. For our discussion, it is important to note that state and national agencies have taken a much broader view of keeping our schools safer than some of the visible measures that impact the daily lives of teachers. This support has given school districts a framework for how to think about crisis planning.