It’s been a while since we heard about #activeshooters in #schools. Unfortunately, as we reopen (which is good overall) there will be increases in school-based incidents. In fact, there have already been smaller-scale ones (https://lnkd.in/eucyYSe)
Are schools safe? The answer is yes. If we look at the data, we will see that shootings occur and each of these is a tragedy but #Schoolshootings are high impact and very low probability. We still must prepare. Both for response AND for #prevention.
As we restart and the trauma of COVID gets dealt with on campus, we will see an increase in #violence. There has been an increase in #mentalhealth issues like depression, etc. during the #pandemic. What are educators going to do about this?
One thing we need to do is sharpen our threat assessment skills. Have you established policy for #threatassessment teams? Is it multi-disciplinary? Are people trained?
Have you included your #counselors, coaches, and advocates for the students? We often rely too much on tactical responders. Do not forget the #studentsupport people and front-line staff who know the baseline behavior of students.
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Dr. Matthew W. Colpitts is currently the Head of School and President of Ventures Academy, a unique high school for students who want to create startup businesses while in school! He is also currently on the Board of Directors for Studio East, a non-profit for youth theatre and performing arts education.
Previously, he served at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School as the Director of Residence Life & Campus Safety where he lead the educational, operational, and student support aspects of the boarding program and security for the whole school. Matt has been an educator, administrator, and leader in higher education and K12 independent schools for over 10 years serving in the areas of residence life, university housing, student conduct, campus safety and security, emergency management, enrollment management, and student affairs. Matt has also served in educator-leader roles at diverse educational institutions including Clark University, Landmark College, Southern Oregon University, Utah State University, and Interlochen Center of the Arts. He also does independent risk and safety management consulting.
A first-generation college student from rural Maine, Matt is a proud graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He holds an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University where he researched emergency management in educational institutions. Outside of school, Matt enjoys reading, traveling, and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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