Emergency Preparedness What Schools Should Now Know 101

Having an emergency preparedness plan in place is expected of all school districts and facilities. It’s expected, as well, that all students, parents, faculty and staff know the plan and how to put the plan in action if needed. These are the steps y... More >>

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How Safety at School is Being Put into Practice

Last year was the deadliest on record for school shootings — at least 83 died or were injured in active-shooter incidents, according to USA Today. Since Columbine, at least 228,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school. State lawmaker... More >>

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Run. Hide. Fight

Run. Hide. Fight is a popular active shooter preparedness system many schools throughout the United States use to train their students and staff in an active shooter situation. Run. Hide. Fight, in a slightly modified form, is a highly effectiv... More >>

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Safety, Security and Technology for Parents in School Transportation

Years ago, my coworker had a child in middle school who rode the bus to and from school. In an era before cell phones were commonplace — especially for kids — she would anticipate the daily landline call from her son reporting that he had arrived ho... More >>

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Ensure Your Risk Assessment Is More Assessment Than Risks

In a post-Parkland America, state lawmakers have earmarked over $250 million in school safety grants in states along the Southeastern coast line from Virginia through Florida alone. More >>

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How Safe are our Schools? Violent Threats And Incidents In Schools: An Analysis of the 2017-2018 School Year

On February 14, 2018, the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida became the spark that once again ignited a national conversation about violence in schools.  More >>

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It’s Time to Get Serious about School Safety

Even with the unprecedented amount of money available in the 2018/2019 academic year for school safety and security, most schools will not reach a level of sustainable safety.  More >>

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Modernizing Security on Campus

As a parent, I am grateful that my daughters not only received a great education but had no major safety issues throughout their years in school.  However, as a security technology professional, I recognize that our school campuses are woefully in n... More >>

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Collaboratively Approaching Emergency Preparedness, Prevention and Response

Schools strive to be safe environments for their students, staff and visitors. However, the numerous acts of school violence this year alone have served as a catalyst for an urgent discussion about school safety.  More >>

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Case Study A Practical and Effective Approach to Safety

Soon after I joined Great Oaks Career Campuses as their Coordinator of Safety and Security, several in the district leadership team asked me, “Al, if you were to win the lottery and not come to work tomorrow, how would we know everything you do to k... More >>

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Lessons Learned From Sandy Hook Still Apply

It has been more than five years since I lost my daughter, Emilie, during the Sandy Hook school shooting. While a lot has changed in my life since then, as I reflect back, many of the lessons we learned from the shooting are still applicable. ... More >>

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Protecting Students from Sexual Misconduct by School Staff

This past spring, viewers around the nation watched the FBI’s manhunt for former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins and a then 15-year-old student. The news coverage of the ordeal included testimonials from schoolmates and Cummins’ former students statin... More >>

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Increasing School Safety While Reducing Liability

Day-to-Day Management = Crisis Management Most schools conduct annual or biannual drills on significant activities such as active shooter, tornado or bomb threats. It is critically important to conduct these drills as they allow the organization ... More >>

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Educators & Ed-tech Stewards of Privacy

The use of educational technology is growing at an astounding rate in the U.S. and that growth raises privacy concerns from students, parents, teachers, and administrators regarding the collection and use of their data.  In response to these concern... More >>

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School Security Gets Its Head in the Clouds Deploying Modern Video Surveillance in Educational Institutions

Schools, universities and colleges have always viewed safety as a high priority. These institutions are the keepers of our society’s most valuable asset, our future. Keeping students and staff safe is crucial to an exceptional educational experience... More >>

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