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Educators-First Security

Risk Management | Teachers and students should be at the center of school security training, and empowered (not intimidated) for the most effective results. “School safety is an education issue that happens to involve safety and security. It’s not a law enforcement issue that happens to...


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Over-Zealous Drills Harm More than Prepare

(from EdWeek and ABC News) As schools ramp up active-shooter drills, some training tactics — especially those meant to simulate real-life scenarios — are doing more harm than good, educators and safety experts say. Stories have sprung up around the country of law enforcement officers firing...

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Schools Test Facial Recognition Technology

(from EdSurge) The education sector spent an estimated $2.7 billion on security equipment and services in 2017, d espite questions over its effectiveness at deterring school violence. New high-tech tools do make staff feel safer, however. Violent deaths in schools have stayed relatively...


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Safety & Security: Dismissal Security and Efficiency

Risk Management | Dismissal is the riskiest time of day. A few best practices can help schools more safely direct students in a multitude of directions. Article by Mark Ruiters, SchoolPass From the January/February 2019 Net Assets magazine Independent K-12 schools must hold themselves...


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Safety & Security: From Fear to Empowerment: Changing Active-Shooter Protocols

Risk Management | Traditional lockdown drills demoralized students and staff. New protocols built confidence and capabilities. Photo above: Staff and students at Indian Creek School assemble "go buckets" for every classroom and other vulnerable areas with emergency supplies. Article by...


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Hockey Pucks as Safety Measure

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education) Oakland University has purchased thousands of hockey pucks, not for hockey but to fight off a school shooter when running or hiding is no longer an option. The idea was sparked by the university police chief’s off-the-cuff response to a question during...


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California Schools Close for "Smoke Days"

(from The Atlantic) Smoke from the latest round of devastating fires in California has forced school closures along with destroying thousands of structures, killing at least 75 people and leaving an estimated 700 others unaccounted for. While many regions of the country this time of year...


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School Resource Officers Don't Improve Safety, Study Finds

(from the Brookings Institution) I ncreased frequencies of interactions between students and school resource officers are not related to feelings of safety at school, research shows. Student experiences at school are better predictors of a feeling of safety. Males, students who have strong...


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Using Head, Not Heart in School Emergency Planning

Risk Management | While active shooter events draw overwhelming attention, sympathy and concern, reactions to them should not drive a school’s safety and preparedness policies, said safety experts from Kiernan Group Holdings in a recent NBOA webinar . “Emotion and perceptions lead to very...


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Business Intelligence: Member Survey Highlights: Armed Guards and Rental Facilities

Facilities | For an informal glimpse into how your peers are handling a situation, check out NBOA's surveying tool. Highlights from two recent surveys. Article by Mary Kay Markunas From the September/October 2018 Net Assets magazine While BIIS (Business Intelligence for...