8/9/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Associate Professor Dr. Amy Klinger, a national school safety and crisis management expert, has co-authored a book titled, “Keeping Students Safe Every Day: How to Prepare for and Respond to School Violence, Natural Disasters, and Other Hazards,” that provides recommendations for improving school safety for teachers and students.
“At a time when schools at every level and in every community face the possibility of a crisis event, ‘Keeping Students Safe Every Day’ equips leaders with the knowledge they need to give their students, staff members, parents and the broader community confidence that their school knows what to do and makes safety a top priority,” Klinger said.
Klinger called the book an “informative and comprehensive guide” that offers significant -- and sometimes surprising -- statistics on school safety, dispels common misunderstandings and provides preK-12 school leaders with the specific information they need to prepare for and effectively respond to natural disasters, accidents or violent events.
“Schools need to have an up-to-date plan to deal with hazards of all sorts and teachers and other staff members need to know what to do in emergency situations to protect their students and themselves from harm,” Klinger said.
She said readers of the book will learn how and why it is important to:
- Realistically assess threats and vulnerabilities.
- Create and implement an emergency operations plan that follows government guidelines and best practices.
- Decentralize authority and responsibility for crisis response.
- Distinguish between three levels of "lockdown."
- Plan for short- and long-term recovery following an incident.
- Make school safety an everyday component of school operations.
Klinger is cofounder of the Educator's School Safety Network, which provides training, resources and technical assistance to schools throughout the United States and Canada. She has more than 28 years of experience in public education as a teacher, an elementary and secondary principal, and a central office administrator. She serves as associate professor of educational leadership and leadership program director at Ashland University.
The other co-author of the book is Klinger’s daughter, Amanda Klinger, who also is cofounder of the Educator's School Safety Network. In addition to direct training with educators and law enforcement officers, Amanda Klinger is a frequent presenter at regional, state, national and international conferences on school safety and security, and conducts ongoing research on threats and incidents of violence in schools. She frequently appears on or is interviewed by national media outlets on topics related to violence prevention, crisis response and school safety.
The 170-page paperback book will be available later this month from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and can be pre-ordered at: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Keeping-Students-Safe-Every-Day.aspx and also is available at amazon.com at: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/pr
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###