School environments are unique and everchanging, Leon Harris, Principal Consultant of Harris Crime Prevention Services writes.
Each day brings something new into the mix: staffing issues, student issues, the weather, engaging with neighbourhoods and parents, meeting visitors, juggling relationships, rules and regulations and property maintenance – all while ensuring positive teaching and learning outcomes.
If you are managing these dynamics, words like rewarding, frustrating, annoying and disappointing readily come to mind. If you add yet another dynamic, security,the challenge increases.
In more recent times the security dynamic has become part of an expanding daily risk management challenge. The school environment and its immediate surrounds has a duty of care emphasis, whereby everyone must be kept ‘safe’ and must be seen to be ‘safe’. Nothing new in that. Personal security and property security (safety) have always been part of every school’s agenda.