While it might sound cliché, there’s not a schoolteacher in the country who isn’t motivated day in and day out by one simple fact: our children are the future. And when parents send their children off to schools every morning to learn their part in building the world of tomorrow, they trust that their children are in safe hands.
But times are not what they once were. In 2015 alone, there were over 1,200 bomb threats in American public schools according to the Educator’s School Safety Network. And that doesn’t include other dangers that face children somewhere in the nation almost every single day: fires, active shooters, lockdowns, drug violence, and more.
Keeping school children safe doesn’t come by chance. It takes planning and preparation in accordance with well-tested best practices for achieving security in schools. While the odds of disaster striking any given school are low, it’s when students, staff, and faculty aren’t prepared that a disaster truly becomes a catastrophe.
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Conduct Regular Threat Assessments
New threats present themselves every day, especially in the age of technology. For example, most schools likely already have a fire escape plan in place, as well as an active shooter response plan. But how many school security teams would be caught off guard if an unidentified drone began hovering over the playground at recess?
Regular threat assessments conducted by professional security consultants will help school administrators stay ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping students and staff safe from the dangers of the modern world.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Just as random drills prepare the school community for what to do in case of fire, so too should the appropriate members take part in practicing for other emergencies that might arise.
Although it would be best for all students, staff, and faculty to engage in such drills, doing so is not always possible. At a minimum, faculty (who are responsible for shepherding students in case of emergency), as well as school security officials, should practice the emergency plans at least once per year.
Use Specialized Equipment to Supplement (Not Replace) Good Security Strategies
While advanced technology, such as metal detectors and high-resolution cameras, might make students feel safe and help parents sleep at night, it’s important to realize that these tools are only as good as the foundational security strategy supporting them.
A strong security program trains everyone at the school to share the responsibility of keeping the school safe: parents, students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Once the school community has adopted a security mindset, supplemental equipment will support them in their efforts to maintain the safe atmosphere they have established.
While there is more to achieving complete security in schools, these best practices are a solid place to start. Remember that when it comes to safety, some preparation is almost always better than none. Whether you are a parent, faculty member, or administrator, we hope this guide provides a means of measuring your school’s security practices to keep our children—our future—safe from harm.
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Author Steve Bjuvgard security specialist