Safer School Facilities

The Guidance Notes on Safer School Construction present a framework of guiding principles and general steps to develop a context-specific plan to address school safety through the disaster resilient construction and retrofitting of school buildings. 

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The guidance notes consist of four components:

  1. General information and advocacy points (Sections 2-4) briefly address the need and rationale for safer school buildings as well as the scope and intended use of the Guidance Notes. They also feature several success stories and list a number of essential guiding principles and strategies for overcoming common challenges.
  2. A series of suggested steps (Section 5) highlight key points that should be considered when planning a safer school construction and/or retrofitting initiative. Each step describes the processes, notes important decision points, highlights key issues or potential challenges, and suggests good practices, tools to facilitate the actions, and references resources to guide the reader to more detailed and context-specific information.
  3. A compilation of basic design principles (Section 6) identify some basic requirements a school building must meet to provide a greater level of protection. These principles are intended to facilitate a very basic understanding of the mea- sures that can be taken to make a school building more resilient to hazard forces.
  4. A broad list of references to resources (Appendix 3) provide more detailed, technical and context-specific information.

The Guidance Notes on Safer School Construction should be used by policymakers and planners of local, regional and national government bodies and all other organizations interested or engaged in enhancing the safety of school populations through improved hazard resistant construction and retrofitting of schools buildings. They can be used to guide discussion, planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of school construction and should be utilized to strengthen Education Sector Plans and to develop National Action Plan for Safe Schools.