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School Safety

School Safety Policy


Introduction


Dunearn Secondary School is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all students and staff.   

We seek to achieve this by

  • ensuring that no activity takes priority over student and staff safety;
  • establishing and maintaining a safe and conducive environment for all stakeholders (students, staff, parents and external stakeholders);
  • planning, implementing, monitoring and reviewing systems and protocols to ensure student and staff safety;
  • training and educating staff, students and stakeholders on their responsibilities with regards to safety;
  • being prepared to respond appropriately to emergency situations; and
  • promoting continuous learning and improvement with respect to school safety.


Roles and Responsibilities of Stakeholders


School Safety Committee

The School Safety Committee will

  • implement and monitor the school safety work plan;
  • communicate safety SOPs and monitor their effectiveness;
  • oversee risk assessment and incident reporting systems;
  • oversee emergency preparedness exercise;
  • facilitate staff and student safety training and education; and
  • conduct regular internal safety reviews and inspections for learning and improvement.

 

School Staff

All staff will:

  • observe school safety systems and protocols;
  • exercise effective supervision over students they are responsible for; 
  • provide for sufficient instruction and training so students can work safely;
  • ensure that teaching and learning is conducted without placing students or themselves at risk; and
  • report and investigate accidents and take appropriate follow up and/or corrective action.

 

Students

All students will:

  • exercise personal responsibility for the safety of themselves, their fellow students and school staff; and
  • observe all safety rules of the school and the instructions of staff.

 

Conclusion

The school relies on all staff, students and stakeholders to practise the school safety values of responsibility and teamwork to achieve a safe and conducive school environment so the school can continue to strive towards excellence in school safety.

School Safety Committee

(reviewed in 2015)


Safety Vision, Mission and Values

1 School Safety Vision, Mission and Values

Vision

Towards Excellence in Safety


Mission

Providing a safe and conducive environment for all stakeholders


Values

Integrity, Responsibility and Care

 

2 Strategic Approach: 4P’s Safety Framework


     

Key Safety Practices

Building and Environment

  • The school building and environment are checked by school staff during regular walkabouts.
  • The school has a fault, defect and hazard reporting system.
  • There are strategically located CCTVs around the school.
  • There is timely and regular maintenance of school equipment and facilities.
  • Pest control checks are conducted regularly.
  • The school has a lightning warning system.

 

Road Safety

  • Security officers control traffic at the zebra crossing at the main gate during peak hours.
  • There are traffic signs, road markings and good lighting to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the school compound.

 

PE CCA

  • All sports CCAs observe  Sports Safety.
  • Guidelines for PE and CCA in the School Safety Handbook are followed.
  • PE and Sports CCA teachers are trained in First Aid. Professional coaches and instructors are accredited.
  • The school keeps record of students’ medical declarations.  
  • During PE and sports training, students are briefed on how to look after themselves and their fellow students. Precautions are taken against lightning risk, heat injury and dehydration.
  • Sports facilities and equipment are checked and maintained.
  • Safety briefings are conducted before any outdoor physical activity.
  • Proper Risk Assessment is completed before all activities.

 

Special Rooms: Science Laboratories, Design & Technology Workshops and Home Economics Kitchens

  • Students are not permitted to use the Special Rooms without a teacher present.
  • Safety rules and regulations are communicated to all staff and students involved in practical lessons.
  • Students are given clear instructions before and are closely supervised by staff during practical lessons.
  • Only staff members handle dangerous equipment and procedures.
  • There are procedures in place to ensure the proper disposal of all wastes.
  • The Special Rooms are equipped with fire extinguishers which are checked yearly.  
  • Special rooms are equipped with a First Aid box with basic first aid items.