Student Safety—It's Not All About Weapons

Status: RECORDED on OCT 08, 2014

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

Over the past few years, most schools have focused their safety drills on the “active shooter” scenario. This is understandable when we take in account the recent tragedies of Reynolds High School (OR) and Sandy Hook Elementary School (CT), as well as the frightening count of 74 school shootings since 2012—after new gun laws were enacted.

Which of these present risk to students?

  1. Intruders
  2. Visitors
  3. Vendors
  4. Volunteers
  5. Parents and fellow students
  6. Your own faculty and staff

Answer: They all can!

While not nearly as sensational or heinous, visitors, vendors, volunteers, and even faculty members can cause more harm to students than active shooters have. Student safety should be all-inclusive and your risk management protocols should encompass all concerns that involve your students.

We’ll cover these topics and more:

  • Facilities safety
  • Background checks on all who have contact with students
  • Basic Life support (BLS)
  • Crisis planning
  • The four safety drills
  • Training key administrators in misconduct (“required reporting”) and both faculty and staff member in bullying (both traditional and cyber)
  • Having an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
  • Trip & accident protocols
  • Field, pool & equipment checks and certifications
  • Safe and effective maintenance and accessing of student health records.

At the end of this session, you’ll receive a Self-Evaluation Questionnaire to help you identify where you have the greatest exposure currently.

This Webinar is intended for members of the school’s safety committee, School Heads, Business Managers, and Risk Managers.

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

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Martin Kelly

President of ISM Insurance Inc.


Martin has worked to serve private-independent schools with the most comprehensive and mission-appropriate insurance coverages for over 25 years. He’s been the President of ISM Insurance Inc. since 1996 and has worked with 1,200 schools, insuring in excess of 30,000 staff and 200,000 students.

Current Role

Among other initiatives, he has developed a private-independent school-specific risk management assessment service for ISM, including review of crisis response plans, facilities safety, employment practices, bullying and harassment, reporting and investigation protocols, trips and travel, contracts, and insurance.

Martin writes for Ideas & Perspectives, ISM's flagship advisory letter, in his areas of expertise. He has presented on risk management to numerous school associations over the past several years and has conducted numerous on-site assessments.

Prior Experience

Martin began his insurance career as a large case underwriter. He was then asked to assume the position of director of a multimillion-dollar, multiple-employer trust division for a large national insurance company, to improve performance and profitability. After successfully meeting that challenge, Martin helped start up a group division for another national insurance company and in five years, grew the business to over $100 million in premiums.

Martin then moved to "the other side" of insurance, becoming a third-party administrator specializing in medical associations. He worked with over 1,000 physicians, including the College of American Pathologists, in the areas of employee benefits and medical malpractice.


Martin holds an MBA from Widener University (PA), a BS in economics from Villanova University (PA), and a Certified Risk Managers (CRM) degree.

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