Decoded: Code Requirements for Classroom Security

(Education Week) For safer schools, empathy and security aren’t either/or choices. We need both.

In the aftermath of the school shooting massacre in Parkland, Fla., this winter, there have been calls for “hardening” schools to protect against school attacks.

Boyd: Latest school security funding in Congressional omnibus spending bill a “postitive step”

(Providence Journal) In Rhode Island, there are no state requirements for school safety features or construction. Each district is required to develop a school safety plan and assesments but there is no way of knowing whether the plans are up to date.

(Campus Safety) If passed, the bill would authorize $75 million for the 2018 fiscal year and $100 million annually for the next 10 years.

(US News and World Report) When it comes to securing schools, strategies need to be unique, but as Alliance Executive Director Robert Boyd explains, they don’t need to be costly.

(Campus Safety) Most classroom barricade devices violate ADA, NFPA and other federal codes that are designed to enable individuals with disabilities to quickly evacuate a dangerous situation.

(CNBC) In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida, David Petratis, Allegion chairman and CEO, discusses the security industry and how companies can make our schools safer.

(New York Times) A fast-growing group of companies that sell safety equipment have ramped up their marketing in the wake of the school shooting last month in Florida.

(NBC Nightly News) At Southwestern High School in Indiana, the classroom doors are bullet-resistant, cameras are everywhere, and the Sheriff’s department — only 10 miles away — can track an intruder in real-time.

When Pattonville School District leaders planned the transformation of an old elementary school into a revamped preschool, they thought of everything they could add to the building to protect their 3- and 4-year-olds from a potential shooter.

Whether facing an active shooter emergency or another type of lockdown situation in school, it is vital for staff to be able to successfully secure classrooms from the inside to protect students from potential threats.

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