In 2013, Kevin Wren stood in front of the Board of Rock Hill Schools and held up a picture of a local high school football team in a huddle. Wren, the district’s newly hired director of risk, safety and management, was trying to explain the importance of teamwork and drilling to board members. It was […]
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While laws and policies regarding criminal background checks for school volunteers differ for every state and school district, screening is fast becoming a prerequisite to volunteering at schools throughout the country. Some schools screen each and every volunteer who walks through their doors. Others still screen just a portion of their volunteers – usually those […]
Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is an international standard XML format that allows emergency messages to be distributed across multiple warning systems simultaneously, developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). In the United States, CAP is being used as the base technology for the comprehensive Integrated Public Alert and Warning System […]
Officials in Nassau County, N.Y. announced security upgrades designed to tighten school districts’ relationship with local law enforcement agencies. The upgrades allow the Nassau County Police Department to access school security cameras and give school officials a direct line of communication with police through a smartphone app, reports liherald.com. “This new comprehensive school security program […]
Being responsible for the physical security of a campus environment can be a daunting task. Campuses may share similarities, but every campus is different and requires a strategy for master planning before going out and wasting a lot of time and money. Campus security departments are usually under staffed, under budgeted and, historically, have had […]
Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, today announced that in order to maintain an appropriate, safe environment for its educational community, Universidad TECMILENIO has implemented a multi-campus, perimeter security project that enables the institution to offer secure yet convenient pedestrian access to its campuses from adjacent parking lots. […]
Why would school officials let their guard down when they have tools in place to limit trouble for teachers, parents and students?
The new school will be ready for the upcoming school year, which begins Aug. 29, and features a gated entrance, video surveillance cameras, card readers and locks at entrances.
Lockdown/shelter in place is a very effective civilian response to active shooters.
The right policies, building design and electronic security solutions can overcome many of the weaknesses associated with paper logs and low-tech visitor name tags.