School Protection – For School Administrators

Recent tragedies in schools only underscore the importance of taking proactive action to either defuse preventable school violence incidents or mitigate the harm caused by events that simply cannot be predicted. The unfortunate reality is that the only sure thing is to plan in advance as if the scourge of school violence could touch your community next.

VTS Leadership Responds to the Virginia Tech Massacre

VTS offers a wide range of services to communities, schools, and administrators. From four hour presentations with a “town hall” style Question & Answer period to detailed policy review and development projects, VTS stands ready to assist you in grappling with this most serious of issues. Contact us to discuss your needs. Please see or example Agenda

A Sample of VTS Services:

Policy Development for School Safety and Security: Recent tragedies only underscore the importance of taking proactive action to either defuse preventable school violence incidents or mitigate the harm caused by events that simply cannot be predicted. The unfortunate reality is that the only sure thing is to plan in advance as if the scourge of school violence could touch your community next. VTS offers:

Process Improvement/Policy Development Services: We can aid you in updating your safety policies or developing new ones in response to current threats. After consultation, we offer policy drafting services with follow up to ensure that the policy adopted by your district is reflective of your standards and goals.

“Safety Strategic Planning” Services: We can assist with the creation of a Safety Strategic Plan for your district. Planning begins with a collaborative vulnerability assessment and proceeds through the setting of strategic goals, supported by tactical objectives, designed to address correctable vulnerabilities and promote ongoing vigilance through the creation of processes that compel continual reassessment and follow-through.

Media Relations Training and Planning:
VTS provides training to administrators and districts seeking to improve their media relations skill including crisis management.

VTS offers Training for Public Information Officers/Press Secretaries; Assessments of local media markets and an organization’s role in it; Organizational structures that can be put into place to ensure smooth functionality in a crisis; Comprehensive media strategies for success; Tactical techniques for dealing face to face with the media; Identifying opportunities for positive media coverage; and Creating/implementing systems for getting an organization’s message out to the media quickly and effectively.

Planning to meet the threat:
At VTS, our experience taught us that the only way to prevent a catastrophe is to actively prepare for it. Plan to prepare. Prepare to prevent. You cannot write a policy, put it on a shelf to gather dust and expect it to protect you. Successful preventive measures are dynamic. They are competently rendered, and they must continually be evaluated and updated. The nature of today's threat is fluid and your plan should evolve to encompass the breadth and scope of the threat. You won’t get a check list from us. We will help you plan. We will help you evolve. Click here to read more about meeting 'The Threat'

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