Master proactive school safety techniques, and learn how to prevent school violence with this step-by-step action guide!
- Tackling security challenges faced by school administrators
- Identifying indicators of potential school violence
- How to increase school climate and safety cultures
- Streamlining new technologies to work with your school safety systems
- Building security using visitor management systems to control school access
- Utilizing smart technologies for positive financial and security returns
Despite recent statistics showing that fighting and bullying in schools have declined over the past two decades, high profile, acts of violence on school grounds have parents and school communities demanding increased security. School shootings, while rare, draw intense media coverage that creates an unwarranted level of fear. Compounding the problem for school leaders is a national debate that often exploits school shootings to further political agendas.
Parents, students, and school personnel need to feel safe in school, or as safe as possible. The challenge for school leaders is to recognize this and create a sense of security while implementing safety measures that are financially feasible and address real threats. While worried parents may be reassured by the addition of armed resource officers and ballistic-grade glass, these measures are not necessarily the most effective for protecting the health and wellbeing of students and school personnel. A district’s resources are not infinite, and a security plan needs to address the threats that are more likely to occur daily while also taking sensible precautions to protect against the rare targeted attacks.
Education security is now a $2.7 billion industry. In a Market Insight report by Security Technology Analyst Jim Dearing points out that although schools have ramped up security over the past 30 years, there has been no corresponding decline in school shooting incidents. Through changing administrations, Washington politicians have formed committees to study school violence, and members of Congress have proposed various legislative remedies to reduce gun violence, but not much has changed, and the debate continues over how to keep children safe in school.
The Federal Commission on School Safety, which was formed by the Trump Administration in response to the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, released its final report December 2018. The report aggregates findings from two decades of studies, including The report of Governor Bill Owens’ Columbine Review Commission, Report to the President: Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, the Obama Administration’s plan Now is the Time and the final report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. In addition to a review of the literature, Members of the Commission on School Safety went into the field for listening sessions and met with parents, students, educators, law enforcement and professionals in the security industry to develop their recommendations. While the final report is comprehensive, it may not be the last word.