School Safety and Communications Services

  • Safety strategies for preK-12 schools
  • Security assessments and recommendations
  • Emergency/crisis planning and training
  • Communications strategies designed for schools
  • Crisis communications

SAFETY, SECURITY AND PREPAREDNESS

Proactive school security assessments and evaluations

We help school leaders get control of security and emergency preparedness with multiple strategies. We evaluate school buildings, security systems and plans from top to bottom. We assess every building, starting with inspections and reviews of design, construction, and access. We talk to administrators and staffers to understand their safety concerns. We evaluate school security/police departments, policies, staffing and training. We analyze emergency and crisis plans, board policies and administrative procedures related to security, safety training, and drills for staff and students.

You get a confidential report that is clear, complete and fully documented. Our advice is based on decades of hands-on experience in preK-12 schools, a nationwide network of contacts and advisors, and extensive technical expertise.

Practical and cost-effective recommendations

We understand the hard decisions schools have to make with limited resources. We will give you cost effective solutions to improve safety. Our recommendations will be individualized to your needs, and many will cost little or nothing to implement.  We also examine safety trends so you don’t waste money on devices and services that will not be effective in your specific environment.

Security and emergency preparedness, response training

Our training will improve staff response to emergencies, lockdown and evacuation procedures, crime prevention, and assessment of student threats. This nuts and bolts training emphasizes the human factor in school security. We look at the roles and limitations of security equipment, the impact of social media, and the fundamentals of school safety, based on real life situations from our experience across the country.

Customized emergency training for security teams, administrators, teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others

Every school employee should be ready to spot trouble before it happens and intervene during fights and violent situations to protect children and co-workers. We teach skills such as verbal de-escalation, managing violence and situational awareness.  Specialized on-site and off-site school safety services can be developed to meet the unique needs of school staff and the broader school community. Contact Ken Trump directly to discuss how we can help with your specific needs.

Assessing and managing threats

Bomb threats on Facebook, rumors of violence spread by text messages, threatening emails sent through proxy servers, school fight videos that go viral on YouTube. School administrators, counselors and safety officials can increase their awareness of these threats and improve their response. Learn the best ways to deal with these trending school security challenges.

Athletic and large event security

School events such as football games, pep rallies and parties can become targets for trouble. The right planning can keep these party-crashers out. Our strategies go beyond security screening and police staffing. We look at the psychology and dynamics of large events. We focus on staff training, policies and procedures and multi-agency coordination. Sample topics include: Coordinating security procedures with rival schools, transportation and locker room issues, how to identify hot spots for violence.

Bullying prevention and strategies

Learn how to address bullying, protect children, increase parent confidence, avoid political landmines, stay out of the media, and reduce potential liability with a common-sense, practical anti-bullying program.

Gang violence tactics and prevention

We help school officials and community partners develop sound gang prevention, intervention and enforcement strategies.

Security for central office and school board meetings

School boards and administrators face unusual risk. School central offices handle employee discipline and termination hearings, expulsion hearings, and emotionally charged board meetings. We focus on risk reduction, emergency planning, and reasonable steps to improve safety at administration centers, support sites, and board meetings.

Terrorism preparedness

Identify practical, cost-effective, and common sense best practices for heightened security and emergency preparedness during times of national terrorism and security alerts.

Emergency tabletop exercises

Facilitated exercises developed by our team of veteran safety experts for your school crisis teams and their community agency partners. These half or full-day professional development exercises help schools learn how their written crisis plans might work in a real emergency. Tabletop exercises provide a simulation of emergency situations in informal, stress-free environments. We provide event-driven scenarios to stimulate discussion and help school leaders assess and resolve preparedness and response gaps.

Crime prevention through environmental design ( CPTED)

We work directly with school architects and administrators on building renovations and new school design to improve safety both inside and outside:  from restrooms to administrative offices, bus zones to landscaping. We also improve security for after school events and evening classes. Our strategies will make buildings more secure and people safer.

School safety talks and policy briefings

Ken Trump speaks to large and small school and community groups, and testifies at state and federal government hearings. He shares his expertise and policy recommendations in a post Sandy Hook world. Ken examines local, state and federal policies. He helps policy makers sort through the myths and the hype, and focus on the real priorities for school safety.

Expert witness and litigation consulting

Ken Trump consults on lawsuits and provides support for lawyers handling school security, crisis preparedness, and related safety cases.

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING AND TRAINING

Crisis communications consultations

School superintendents, principals and school board members who communicate confidently during emergencies can be heroes with parents, the community and the media. We will guide your team to create a thorough crisis communications plan that is customized for your school district and your community. Your plan will use both traditional media and non-traditional platforms such as social media. We will help you create an action blueprint, with step-by-step procedures and messaging tactics to reach people fast with accurate information.

Media training designed for school leaders

Personal communication strategies, messaging techniques and on camera training that will help school leaders effectively reach parents, children, businesses and community decision makers.

Strategic communication planning designed for schools

We design strategies to effectively communicate with parents and community stakeholders. School leaders will learn how to build support for safety planning and other important school issues as they engage with board members, parents, and community partners, including business leaders and local government agencies. We advise and support school administrators on safety issues in highly emotional or political situations. Our strategies target mass media, online and mobile media, social media, and emergency alert systems.

Post-crisis school safety support services

We help school leaders deal with public relations issues after a crisis. We show you how to address parent and community concerns about security, while navigating tough questions from reporters and local political fallout.

Contact Ken Trump directly to discuss how we can help with your specific needs.