Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2004

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gary Shelly

Second Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson

Third Committee Member

Steven W. Nourse


This project examined preventative and responsive safety plans that improved the educational climate of schools through the successful elimination of negative physical, mental and emotional threats to students and employees. The review of current research found that schools were more successful in reducing or eliminating safety threats when a comprehensive school safety program was collaboratively developed and implemented Furthermore, a comprehensive school safety plan that was made easily accessible to every member of the staff and that was assessed continuously also played a vital role to the success of the school safety plan. Included is a comprehensive school safety manual that focused on providing staff, students and parents with. preventative and responsive methods for eliminating safety threats in the school. The manual used various forms of written expectations, safety procedures and preventative and proactive discipline interventions. The overall purpose of the manual was to ensure the academic and social success of students through maintaining a safe and positive school climate for students, staff and parents.