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Creating a Safe School Environment - Chapter Summary
This chapter can quickly help you grasp ways to create a safe school environment. Closely examine engaging lessons that delve into topics like safe chemical storage, school crisis prevention and how to maintain laboratory safety. In no time, you will be able to do the following:
- Define and describe characteristics of safe, secure and orderly schools
- Discuss the basics of safe chemical storage, use and disposal
- Describe OSHA and its health and safety regulations
- Provide details regarding the controversy of disposing of hazardous materials
- Explain the purpose and function of emergency preparedness plans
- Share techniques for school crisis prevention and intervention
- Identify and describe common school emergencies and security concerns
- Exhibit knowledge of legal responsibilities of teachers
Navigate the lessons in this chapter in your sequence of choice and visit them as often as needed to fully grasp the basics of creating a safe school environment. If you need to clarify concepts covered in the lessons, be sure to send your questions to our experts. Find out how much you understand by taking mini quizzes and a practice exam. All resources in this chapter are available around the clock and can be viewed using any smartphone, tablet or computer.
1. Secure, Safe & Orderly Schools: Definition & Characteristics
In this lesson, we will define secure, safe, and orderly schools, provide characteristics and examples of each and discuss ways to evaluate a school for safety, security, and orderliness.
2. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment
Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.
3. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal
An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.
4. Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA
The workplace can be a dangerous place, and workers are injured and even killed on the job. In this lesson, you'll learn how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to minimize dangerous workplace conditions.
5. Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy
Hazardous materials come in all types and from many sources. Because they may be harmful to human health, it's important to dispose of them properly and safely. It's also due to this potential harm that both their use and disposal are controversial.
6. Emergency Preparedness Plans: Purpose & Function
In this lesson we will learn about the purpose of emergency preparedness plans. We will learn how family, school, and community plans each have an individual function in ensuring safety and proper response during an emergency.
7. School Crisis Prevention
Crises in schools seem to be happening day after day. How can we keep our schools safe? Prevention may be the answer. This lesson will discuss school crisis prevention.
8. School Emergencies & Security Concerns
School emergencies happen. Some emergencies happen because there are existing security concerns; others just happen. The response to emergencies makes a difference in the outcome. Continue reading to learn about school emergencies and strategies to ensure safety.
9. Legal Responsibilities of Teachers
State governments are mainly responsible for legislation involving how schools operate, but there is also federal legislation that helps protect students' rights. In this lesson, we will discuss the legal responsibilities of classroom teachers.
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