Don Shomette

People are the Prize

What Do You See Wednesday? (8 January 2014)


Check out the comments to read what others have seen!

Being able to spot what is safe and unsafe takes practice. And experience is invaluable. We’re going to post a new picture each Wednesday and after everyone has had a chance to comment, we’ll post what we see.

This picture is from an elementary school (k-3).  The cafeteria is the first door on the left.  There are dots on the floor that are evenly spaced, different color, and end at the cafteria door.   What do you think the dots are used for and how would this help to improve school safety?

So what do you see?

dots on ground

Author: Don Shomette

Don Shomette is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and owner of People are the Prize, a violence prevention company that helps people to prevent and survive a school attack. He has spent a lifetime working with police officers and principals and is consistently evaluated by those who attend his trainings as one of the best instructors ever. Don challenges, entertains, and helps school personnel to think of preventing violence in a new and positive way.

5 thoughts on “What Do You See Wednesday? (8 January 2014)

  1. to control two separate lunch lines and keep order in the hall way. Each dot gives the student a spot to locate themself while the line progresses

  2. I agree it’s to line the students up to go in and/or out of the cafeteria. One color could be for kids just buying milk while the other is for those buying their entire lunch.

  3. I believe my colleagues are correct in their assessment of the colored dots. As for how they contribute to safety, I think it’s two-fold. First, the dots and well-maintained hallway tell students and visitors that administrators take their responsibility for a positive and safe school environment seriously. Second, the dots reinforce behavioral expectations as the students wait for lunch (e.g. personal space, hands to self, etc.). A very simple and cool idea!

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