Create a safe school environment

School Environment

The creation of a safe school environment involves a fair amount of planning and management.  These are the most important aspects to consider:

  • Access to school premises

  • There needs to be clear signage on the school property indicating that anyone entering the premises does so at their own risk, may be subjected to a search and asked to provide proof of identification, and that no drugs, alcohol and weapons are allowed.
  • During the school day the gates to the premises need to be locked and access must be controlled at all times.
  • Unless it is an emergency, parents should only visit the school if they have an appointment.
  1. 2.  School environment
  • There should be a supervisor on the playground during break times.
  • The school environment needs to be clean, safe and hygienic.
  • All minor maintenance, such as broken windows, need to be attended to as they occur.
  • Any broken furniture must be stored or disposed of.
  • Cutting of grass and trimming of trees should not be done during school hours when learners are in the same vicinity.
  • When maintenance is being performed, barricades and warning signs need to be in place.
  • Litter must be properly disposed of on a regular basis.
  • The school swimming pool must be properly secured by a fence and locked gate.

  • Learner access

  • Learners may not leave the school premises during school hours unless he/she has written permission from the principal.
  • Anyone collecting a learner from school may be requested to provide the school with positive identification.  When it is not the parent, a written record needs to be kept.
  • Parents may only pick up or drop off learners in designated areas.
  • Parents need to provide written consent for their children to attend activities outside of the school premises.

Posted date: 8th Aug 2017
Educational Services Industry

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