Don Shomette






Conducting School Vulnerability Assessments

How to Immediately Make Your Students and Teachers Safer

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Participants will learn to assess as well as implement best practice techniques to improve or reduce the following:

    A school's overall vulnerability to violence.

    Which types of violence the school is most susceptible to and techniques to minimize the risk.

    The school's utilization of the internationally proven strategies of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design).

    A school's climate or cultural acceptance of violence (not only including a rejection of incidences of severe violence but also lesser violations such as bullying, disrespect, sexual harassment, and other acts of marginalization that can lead to violent retaliations).

    How well the school denotes ownership to convey a clear message to would be offenders that it will not be an 'easy' target of violence.

    How well a school is able to prevent unwelcome access into the building, main office, hallways, classrooms, and other critical areas.

    The control and supervision of students during high traffic times (arrival, lunch, class changes, dismissal).

    The effectiveness of emergency communication procedures and systems to alert staff members of a potential threat.

    Observable indicators of disorder that lower the quality of life as well as hinder the enhancement of school climate.

    The proper installation, maintenance, and effectiveness of exterior and interior lighting.

    The school's procedures for responding to incidents of fighting, bullying, drugs, gangs, threats, weapons, lack of respect for authority figures, and impersonal treatment of the students.

    The teachers', staff, and students' ability to implement established crisis management procedures.

    The school's established security measures (human, physical, mechanical, and procedural) in deterring violence.

    And much more.

What others are saying

Comments from those who have attended this professional development

I have learned so much that I can apply right away-actually started last night when I stopped back to school. Absolutely want to have you come to my building.
Principal: 15+ years NY
This course should be MANDATED if taught by Don by every single school district and changes must be made. Our kids are worth it.
Principal: 20+ years NY
Thank you, Don. You have helped to make our schools safer!
SRO: 15+ years MO
The Newtown tragedy has been haunting me every day. We are so much like that school. Today helped me understand how I can make my building more secure. I'm going to do a school vulnerability assessment & also offer to do one for other buildings in our district. Hard to explain but your personal investment in this Don is so clear. Keep sharing & educating.
Principal: 15+ years NY
I enjoyed the training. Very relevant. Great discussions. I would love it if you offered follow up training.
SRO: 3+ years NY
Other Details
Each participant will receive the following:
Who should attend?

    Offsite coaching in implementing the training concepts as well as offsite assistance when participants complete a school vulnerability assessment

    Comprehensive school vulnerability checklist

    Safety layers worksheet and evaluation procedures

    PowerPoints, lesson plans, handouts, and other staff development materials

    • School Resource Officers
    • Principals/Vice Principals/Deans of Students
    • Superintendents
    • Building and Grounds Supervisors
    • Director of Security
    • Police Supervisors
    • Counselors
    • Teachers
    • DARE officers
    • Probation Officers
    • Others with protective responsibilities

$395 per person ($345 per person for districts and police departments that send three or more personnel)


Special pricing available upon request for school districts and/or police departments that would like to sponsor the entire training as an in-service or professional development training exclusively for their personnel.


Please contact our team for pricing.


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