Date Approved

4-15-2004

Embargo Period

4-28-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Ted

Subject(s)

Safety education--New Jersey; School violence--New Jersey

Disciplines

Educational Administration and Supervision

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of school supervision, policies, and procedures relating to the safety of the students at Collingswood Middle School using interview and action research. The study will result in a report to inform administrators and board members of changes needed in the present policies to create the safest possible learning environment for the students.

The study includes a variety of data gathering techniques. Seven members of the Collingswood Middle School staff, both past and present, were interviewed on their opinions of the facilities and present school policies. The material culture of the school, policies from similar school districts and journal articles were reviewed to determine best practices and the need for change at Collingswood Middle School. Data was also gathered through observations during both routine and non-routine evacuations of the building.

It was determined that the Collingswood Middle School has created a safe environment for its students. The number of violent acts are minimal and security measures have been taken to maintain a safe school. Policies and procedures have been adjusted to maintain a safe school despite an aging building.

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