As schools and public buildings become better at securing their buildings and implementing useful lockdown and lockdown failure protocols we have already noticed that the next evolution to attackers seeking to victimize those school students and mass transit customers and to target school and mass transit buses.
School and mass transit bus drivers being the adult that can most effectively respond already realize that they have a significant responsibility and may already be anxious about this topic. The key to reducing anxiety with our school transportation personnel is to educate them on the topics of awareness, safety and intruder response. Once they are educated they really do see that a bus can be secure because of its mobility and design if they are in an aware state of mind, know what to leverage their environment to their advantage and look for and know how to respond to threats that may present themselves outside of the bus or do not present themselves until they are already inside of the bus.
I totally dreaded going to Friday’s professional development for Sedalia #200 Public School. I was very nervous about how the topic would be presented and I did NOT want to participate in the simulated intruder scenarios. HOWEVER, today I am REALLY GLAD that I attended. I left feeling empowered and grateful about what I learned. It was one of the best professional development trainings that I have ever attended.
Information was very well presented!! The role playing scenario brought home to me how long three minutes actually is when you are scared!!! So empowering to be able to protect your room more than by just turning off the lights and locking the door! Excellent!! January 2, 2013
The presentation and information are invaluable! The real world scenarios are educational and nerve wracking, which is exactly what we teachers and staff need to be exposed to and taught to handle!! Thank you for all you do to open eyes and minds to this very serious issue!!! August 6, 2012
This day will forever change how I approach school and home safety. My students, I believe, are safer for me having attended this training!! The instructor was Amazing!! October 18, 2012
Instructor did an excellent job with this inservice. This was by far the best inservice I have attended in over 14 years. Great Job!! I would recommend this to any school district. February 6, 2012
Great information!! Instructor did a great job of keeping it interesting. Loved the “hands on” part. I feel this should be required for all classroom teachers. February 25, 2012
Brilliant!!! The best hands on training and most useful I have ever had!! October 19, 2012
This was amazing! I think every teacher should take this class. It prepares you much better than any college class I ever took!
Excellent course! The presentation was informative, interesting and eye opening!! The afternoon session was so beneficial. Hands on practice made me feel more empowered and safe!! Instructor was very knowledgeable, prepared and entertaining! I am so glad I attended the course!! I highly recommend it! August 6, 2012
My background in teaching in a correctional facility and Division of Youth Services facility has not prepared me for an intruder in a public school setting. This course has done that. I now feel more confident in working with my colleagues in keeping my students safe and secure. February 2, 2013
- Why are school and mass transit buses a target?
- Awareness when approaching bus stops
- Identifying threat areas at bus stops
- What makes buses difficult to board IF door is not open
- Mobility of buses as a deterrent and mitigation response
- Intruder Response – What if the intruder makes it on the bus?
- Response differences to active shooter vs. hostage taker vs. robbery . . .