(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 . . .)
(CS Monitor) An L.A. school policy of mandatory bag checks and random metal detector scans fits a nationwide trend of schools beefing up security. But a coalition of educators says that the trend has gone too far. (Read more . . . )
(AP) The Michigan Legislature has voted to let schools use special local taxes to upgrades their security and technology. The bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder affects ‘sinking fund’ millages — local property taxes that fund major repairs and renovations to school buildings. (Read more . . .)
When designing the new $50 million Sandy Hook Elementary School to replace the building in which 20 children and six adults were killed in December 2012, architects Julia McFadden and Jay Brotman faced the challenge of creating a facility that would be both secure and nurturing. (Read more…)
Blogger: Lori Greene, idighardware.com, August 5, 2015
Articles touting the value of classroom barricade devices without any mention of the related safety issues are legitimizing the use of these devices that are not compliant with the model codes. An article in this month’s Security Management magazine, a publication of ASIS International, covers the perceived security benefits of the devices used in the Mentor, Ohio school district. Although the local AHJ has approved the use of the devices, they do not comply with the current Ohio codes, the guidelines from the National Association of State Fire Marshals, or the recent report from the Ohio Board of Building Standards.
In late 2013, the Mentor County fire chief was approached by National School Control Systems, a company that produces barricades to protect classrooms or any area with a traditional interior door–such as gymnasiums, offices, and cafeterias–in the event of a lockdown. Representatives told the chief about the BEARACADE product and possible deployment in the community. The fire chief then brought BEARACADE to Miller. Click here to read the full article
MAR 2015 | Tools, Tools Tag
A set of guidelines published by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) includes a Suggested Classroom Door Checklist, which identifies many parameters that should be satisfied when selecting and installing hardware intended to increase classroom security.
MAR 2015 | Data, Data Tag
This report includes many recommendations for school safety, including recommendations for classroom doors to be lockable from inside the classroom, as well as impact-resistance of glass adjacent to door hardware, distribution of keys to all staff including substitute teachers, methods of securing exterior doors, protocols for visitors, procedures, communication, training, and drills.
JUN 2014 | Data, Data Tag
This report is the sixteenth in a series of annual publications produced jointly by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the U.S. Department of Justice. This report presents the most recent data available on school crime and student safety.
SEPT 2013 | Data, Data Tag
This U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation study can benefit anyone who could potentially be in an active shooter situation—like emergency personnel, employees of retail corporations and other businesses, educators and students, government and military personnel, members of the general public, etc.—by giving them a better understanding of how these incidents play out.