(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 . . .)
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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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 However, this strategy is outdated, similar to how watching silent movies is now obsolete.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 . . .)
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.
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.
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.