3 MUSTS in Public School Safety + Security
Updated: Jun 22, 2020
Public School Security is a complicated process with a lot of moving pieces and analytics to consider. Unfortunately, there is not a script or blanket approach to keeping your school completely safe or prevent any incident from occurring. However, there are steps that should be taken by every school to strive for the most effective approaches to safety. Therefore, we have 3 minimum things that every school should be implementing: Report, Assess, Plan. This is a continuous process that never ends for any district. In order to develop the most successful plan it should be based on data centered on your school, demographics, and needs. Here is a more detailed breakdown of each component.
This is the basis for which your school collects data to help formulate a plan. It is vital that you implement good reporting habits on topics that could impact your school’s safety. Some of those subjects include suspicious activity, bullying, suicide threats, anxiety, drugs, etc. Documenting these and other incidences can help districts detect early warning signs that could be used to prevent harm or tragedies before they occur. Also, encourage others to report issues when they are seen or arise such as students, parents, teachers, administration, or volunteers.
As you implement the reporting component to your school, you should also have a complete security assessment that covers the existing disparities and susceptibilities in your safety practices. This assessment should be conducted every two years unless you have a new construction project in which a consultation should occur shortly after. Essentially, the assessment should review practices in emergency management, entry control, exterior security and surveillance, traffic management, and overall physical security measures at the district for each campus or building.
Ultimately, this helps a school think through and identify areas where it can improve and helps districts allocate their resources more effectively and mitigate safety concerns before they become a real problem.
In today’s world, schools across the United States face various safety and security incidents every day. Everything from medical emergencies, drugs, domestic issues coming into the school, threats and more. This creates a unique balance where administrators must accomplish educational goals while ensuring a safe campus. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a Critical Incident Management Plan, that is a comprehensive approach to safety and security and provides the next steps a school takes in an emergency. In addition to a comprehensive plan, a flip book should be created as well. This is a condensed form of a critical incident management plan that allows staff and teachers to quickly navigate through emergency procedures to understand the next steps.
We would love the opportunity to help your district analyze the current security and safety efforts. Our security professionals will come to you and discuss a specific approach in how we could partner with you. We offer, free initial meetings to talk about your needs and our customized methodology.