Author ORCID Identifier
Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Providing a safe and secure learning environment is one of the most important components of being a superintendent. This quantitative study examined school superintendent perceptions of safety and the importance of four emergency crisis components, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery in the state of South Dakota. The study was included 147 school public school districts in South Dakota and two school districts were excluded because they were only K-8 school districts. The study also investigated the relationship of school size and its affect on school safety based on superintendent perceptions of the four components of emergency crisis plans. The results show a discrepancy between the importance placed on the four emergency crisis components by superintendents and their perceptions of safety based on the four components. The results show a discrepancy between the importance placed on the four emergency crisis components by superintendents and their perceptions of safety based on the four components. The research shows statistical significance between (r= 12.66, p<.05) prevention, (r= 11.84, p<.05) preparedness, (r= 12.60, p<.05) response, and (r= 9.21, p<.05) recovery between the size of the school district and the superintendents perceptions of safety for their school. The data showed larger school districts are perceived as being safer based on superintendent perceptions. The data showed the importance of each emergency crisis plan component and the effect of school size on superintendent perceptions of safety.
Educational Administration and Supervision
Emergency, Safety, Threat assessment
Number of Pages
University of South Dakota
Seiler, George A., "Emergency Preparedness and Response Protocol in South Dakota Public Schools" (2022). Dissertations and Theses. 99.