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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...


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Safety & Security: Dangers of Active Shooter Training Programs

Risk Management | Faculty and staff who have completed popular active shooter training programs often perform worse in simulations than those with no training, according to this school safety expert. Article by Michael Dorn, Safe Havens International From the September/October 2018 ...


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Big Game. Big Challenges.

Risk Management | How much time, energy and focus do independent schools place on the titanic risks that accompany athletic events? Article by Steve Mandell, Big Back Pack In the South, football season has started in earnest; other parts of the country are weeks away from the season’s...