It’s that time of year again, when schools in California plan for emergencies and start to update their Comprehensive School Safety Plans. CSSP’s are public documents which means that they must be available for the public to view at any time. What that really means is that the CSSP needs to be carefully crafted to ensure that you covered all the requirements. Updating a CSSP can take considerable time and effort. And they can take a whole lot more time and effort if any of these 8 common mistakes are made.
One of the biggest mistakes that we see is not including local law enforcement in the initial drafting of the document nor the updating process. The California Education Code clearly spells out who is required to participate in the planning and updating. Most school districts disregard this requirement, however, including your local law enforcement agencies can provide great benefits to your school site. Including the ability to opt-out of various provision of the code.
There are 7 more mistakes that we constantly see. The 8 common CSSP mistakes are outlined in our free guide which is available here.
Elements of a CSSP
The required elements of a CSSP are:
- assess current status of school crime
- child abuse reporting procedures
- disaster procedures
- expulsion procedures
- notification of dangerous pupils
- discrimination and harassment policy
- dress code policy
- safe ingress and egress
- safe and orderly environment
- rules on school discipline