The purpose of this study was to determine school personnel’s perceptions of safety in their school building as well as determine their confidence in their abilities to respond to an active intruder incident. The participants of this study were school personnel from a suburban, Southwestern Illinois PreK-12 school district. The study captured perceptions of safety and school procedures within the district’s nine buildings. The sample of participants were obtained through purposeful and convenience sampling. The participants were then assigned into five categories of participants, purposely identified: Administration, Teachers/Faculty, Support Staff (e.g., paraprofessional, aides, secretaries), Other Staff (e.g., custodians, café workers, bus drivers, monitors), and Substitutes (for all positions). In addition, the school’s current documented policy on school safety and active intruder response procedures was reviewed. The qualitative design of this study included interviews and document analysis. The study was a phenomenological study with triangulation that included research questions addressing school personnel perceptions of safety and their preparedness in the event of an active intruder situation, comparing these responses among the identified categories, and identifying the type of active intruder training provided to school personnel. The seven themes that emerged from the interviews were limited safeguards, sense of safety, training, response issues, supplies and equipment, handbook awareness, and improvements. Additional research is needed to determine if other schools in Illinois require improvements in their active intruder response plans, procedures, and provided training.
|Commitee:||Hagan, Mary, Hardt, Darrel|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education Policy, Teacher education|
|Keywords:||Active intruder/shooter response, Lockdown procedures, Mass shooting response, Safety plan, School shootings, Simulation training|
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