Sandy Hook Parent Speaks at School Safety Caucus Panel

July 26, 2017
July 26, 2017

Are K12 Schools Really Safe?

April 25, 2017
April 25, 2017

(Robert Boyd via Domestic Preparedness) The recent release of the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card is notable – not simply because it gave U.S. public schools a D+ grade on their overall condition, but due to its failure to address upgrades needed to the security infrastructure, security technology, and life safety systems of schools. As the new administration and Congress consider a major national infrastructure bill, it is time to invest in upgrading the security infrastructure of K-12 public schools. (Read more . . .)

Investing in School Infrastructure Is Investing in Our Children

November 28, 2016
November 28, 2016

By: Mike Griffin and Tim Eckersley

Few people would argue against the idea that our children are our nation’s most important asset. Simply put, they’re our future. If we want to protect our future, we must protect them. And, to do that, we must secure the places where they thrive – like schools.

In fact, most children in our country are in school for 6-7 hours per day for approximately 180 days per year. That’s more than 1,000 hours each year, not counting before or after school programs and extracurricular activities. With so much of their time spent in school or on school grounds, it’s important to address the real security needs of education, many of which lie in physical infrastructure issues.

Currently, there are approximately 100,000 public K-12 schools in America. On average, the main instructional buildings for these schools are more than 40 years old. The age of those buildings can create an issue in building quality, possibly negatively affecting both students and teachers. (Studies show student achievement is linked to building quality, and facility quality can have a “substantively significant” effect on teacher retention.) If students are in school to learn and teachers are in school to teach, we want them to do that to the greatest of their abilities. They must have safe learning and teaching environments. (Read more . . .)

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Securing our schools can’t wait

November 18, 2016
November 18, 2016

(Herald-Tribune) The reality is our schools may be more at risk today than ever before. Thankfully, our own state and local leaders are pioneering the school security landscape. (Read more . . .)

Why video surveillance isn’t enough

October 8, 2016
October 8, 2016

Advantages Of Integrating Audio Monitoring And Sound Detection In School Security Solutions

By Richard Brent, Louroe Electronics

Traditionally, security personnel have relied on video as the primary method of monitoring. However, this strategy is outdated, similar to how watching silent movies is now obsolete. (Read more . . .)

Secure Schools Alliance Supports Launch of Congressional School Safety Caucus, School Safety Act

March 1, 2016
March 1, 2016

March 2016

The Secure Schools Alliance (the Alliance) sponsored the launch event of the Congressional School Safety Caucus on Capitol Hill Wednesday, recognizing the importance of a nation-wide conversation around security infrastructure in American education facilities.

http://www.secureschoolsalliance.org/content/dam/secure-school-alliance/Documents/SSA_School%20Safety%20Caucus%20Launch%20Release.pdf

Why We Don’t Have to Destroy the Fire Code to Save Lockdowns

June 22, 2015
June 22, 2015

JUN 22, 2015 | Lockdown, Lockdown Tag

The real solution should involve a long term strategy involving training, infrastructure and the revision of codes to address the threats of terrorism and active shooters.

http://www.campussafetymagazine.com/article/why_we_dont_have_to_destroy_the_fire_code_to_save_lockdown/

Barricade Device? Think twice!

May 8, 2015
May 8, 2015

MAY 2015 | Lockdown, Lockdown Tag

The desire to react quickly and within budgetary restrictions sometimes leads to choices that may solve one problem but inadvertently create others.

http://secureschoolsresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Barricade-Device-Greene-May2015-No-Ads-hyperlinked.pdf

http://secureschoolsresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/PASS-White-Paper-Classroom-Barricade-Devices-Final.pdf

December 17, 2011
December 17, 2011

PASS recently released a new position statement on classroom barricade devices, a question currently under debate in several jurisdictions across the country. 

Enter your information into the form below, and we’ll send you the PASS Guidelines for School Security.

The guidelines will walk you step-by-step through identifying your school’s potential threats, as well as the security layers you should employ in order to mitigate risk and keep students and staff safe.

The guidelines are customized based on local risk levels and available resources and budgets.

We also provide integrators with risk assessments and white papers that can be used when working with schools to evaluate and establish the best security protection for their building. If you’re an integrator looking for this information, please contact us.

PASS Guidelines for School Security

http://secureschoolsresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/PASS-White-Paper-Classroom-Barricade-Devices-Final.pdf

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