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Five Best Practices for Securing Your School Buses

Five Best Practices for Securing Your School Buses

Since the terrible tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and other schools across the country, the subject of school security has been appearing with increasing frequency in the news. While most of the coverage has been about school shootings, another aspect of school security that has become an area of concern is the limited oversight for students on school buses. Whether it is a six-year old getting choked with a scarf, or violence around and on buses continues to be an area of concern. To compound matters, there is a worsening school bus driver shortage throughout the country that is forcing some districts to hire less-qualified individuals for this important job. All of this has made […]

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How to find the best software to prevent school shootings

How to find the best software to prevent school shootings

While the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 was not the first school shooting this country had experienced, it suddenly made us much more aware of the terrible potential for harm at school facilities. The event was the impetus for a new generation of software-based security systems developed to help prevent or mitigate tragedies at schools. In 2012, after the unthinkable happened and 20 young children and six adult staff members were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, another wave of software-based security systems appeared on the market. Since that time, there has been a continuing trend towards using software to help expedite response time and to mitigate and/or eliminate violent incidents in schools. In the years since 1999 and […]

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Should You Install Metal Detectors In Your School?

Should You Install Metal Detectors In Your School?

No security measure can offer complete certainty that students, teachers and staff will always be safe. However, given the rise in active shooter incidents, many people have advocated for the deployment of metal detectors at schools. While this is certainly a viable option, the choice to use metal detectors has always been a controversial decision. Most schools in the United States do not use metal detectors on a day-to-day basis, but their implementation is increasing according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). If you are considering whether or not this is the right choice for your school or district, here are a few of the positive and negative aspects of placing metal detectors in schools. 1. A metal detector […]

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Seven Important Facts About Watchlists

Seven Important Facts About Watchlists

1. Your watchlist identifies individuals who will be denied access As a critical component of your overall security management program, a watchlist is a list of people who you have determined could be a security risk and must be kept out of your facility. There are many reasons why you may wish to deny access to an individual. For example, you will want to include individuals on FBI’s most wanted list, in addition to known sex offenders, students who have been expelled from your school, terminated employees, and others. Creating a watchlist that includes all of these individuals is a vital first step in controlling access to your school or campus. 2. Your watchlist depends on controlled entry points Before […]

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Should Schools Arm Security Guards?

Should Schools Arm Security Guards?

A lot of media attention and discussion recently has surrounded the topic of whether or not schools and other educational campuses should hire security guards, and whether those guards should carry firearms. Because this is an important decision with potentially serious consequences, you should first consider the pros and cons of having armed guards on your premises. That way, you can make a reasoned analysis of whether or not the benefits outweigh the liabilities for your school or campus. Here are some of the factors you should consider when deciding whether or not to arm your security guards. State Laws First and foremost, you need to research your state laws regarding armed security personnel on educational campuses. Some states allow […]

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