School Security First Steps Physical Safety Program

Weapons are always considered

Course Description

Preventing violent situations is a critical skill for school staff. It is not only a common legal requirement but also an ethical principal. Special care is needed to protect our young people. This seven hour program is customized for your educational institution.…

Teachers, bus drivers, security, and all of the school staff will gain confidence and peace of mind from our programParticipants in the First Steps class are carefully trained in the warning signs of violence, observation, and use of communication as the initial start to ending a situation. There is an ethical tone throughout the program that participants adopt.  Correct attitude and respect are paramount for prevention. It is important that a school staff is taught to maintain a safe position. De-escalation and avoidance are the priority objectives of the program.

Employees are taught to escape from the danger first. Escaping is a natural response to sudden danger. Natural avoidance is reinforced with intense training to become a highly effective defense.

Weapon awareness training is critical for self-defense education.  Inert training weapons are used throughout the program to teach the danger, physical mechanics and urgency. For those schools that have armed officers this training methodology blends perfectly with weapon security issues.

Educational institutions should be cautioned against adopting martial arts or police style defensive tactics programs because techniques taught in these programs will not fit the legal requirements of your school, especially in dealing with young people. School administrative staff and security are not police officers or martial artists. Employees with previous experience in other protective professions need reorienting to the new job requirements.  Role confusion caused by inappropriate training will likely cause a domino effect of incidents that your organization does not want. In addition, physical conditioning of participants is likely to be assumed in these programs that participants may not have, that can lead to injuries and workman’s compensation claims.

Our program is carefully constructed for people who have low physical conditioning. Through a moderately physical but cognitively challenging program their skill level is increased and injuries avoided.  The regular frequency of training over the long term will gain the desired result of employees who can perform on demand with less injury potential to suspects, students or themselves. Scientific research shows regular training in this type of skill is necessary to maintain liability protection.

This program may be followed with the physical control course that covers subduing and handcuffing subjects, for security officers and selected employees.

Who should attend?

  • All security staff, teachers, shuttle and bus drivers, and other employees as determined by the school administration

Certification Period

  • Six months for security staff, one year for non-security staff employees

Time Needed

  • 7 hours or longer

Training Activities and Topics

  • Maintaining a Safe Position
  • Legal Aspects and School Policies
  • Weapon Awareness and Protection Skills
  • Awareness of Physical Contact
  • Communication
  • Avoidance
  • Special consideration for minors
  • Reporting and Documentation
  • Court testimony

Equipment and Resources Provided by Your School

  • Recommend physical exam of participants by a physician prior to class
  • Medical limitations must be reported to chief instructor by school management and participant on the student information form and verbally.
  • School management representative to discuss policies
  • Classroom area with water
  • Open space area for hands on exercises
  • Note paper and pens
  • Gym mats
  • Power point projection
  • Clothing worn should be that used on the job
  •  No sharp objects worn

Course Manual

  •  Physical Control Skills, By Fred Behnken

Recommended Related Training for Education Professionals

  • Fitness Assessment and Training Program
  • Security Supervisor and Leadership
  • School Communication and Behavior
  • Knife Defense
  • Expandable Baton
  • Ground Control
  • Weapon Awareness
  • Security Officer and School Staff Customized Training
  • Report Writing
  • Firearm Safety Instructor Training

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a safety training program for educational institutions that will have tangible results.


    Can You Answer The Following?

    1. Tell me three policies that relate to security at your school?
    2. Can the school staff work together effectively to respond to emergency situations?
    3. What are emergency drills practiced at your school?
    4. What kind of formal safety training is given to the students?
    5. What emergency situations are you concerned about?
    6. Can your family respond effectively to dangerous situations off campus?
    7. Have you been threatened by someone who is not a student about a school situation?
    8. What are the neighboring schools safety problems?
    9. What abnormal behavior do you see in your students that could be a safety issue?
    10. How many of your students have been identified as substance abusers?
    11. How many of your students’ parents have been identified as substance abusers?
    12. Describe the level of your student’s health.