The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools


The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) has a singular focus: To provide school administrators, school boards and public safety and security professionals with guidelines for implementing a layered and tiered approach to securing and enhancing the safety of their school environments.

Today’s school safety and security challenges are multifaceted and complex.  There is no single action that that will, by itself, make our schools safe, and for that reason it is essential to pursue solutions across the emergency management spectrum of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

However, it is clear that modern, effective security infrastructure should be an essential component of any comprehensive school safety strategy.  When other prevention efforts fail, facility security measures are critical to protection, mitigation and response to school violence.

The PASS guidelines are focused on best practices for securing school facilities.  They were developed to help address several needs identified by the education community:

  • Identification of specific actions that can be taken to raise the baseline of security
  • Information on vetted security practices specific to K-12 environments
  • A means to measure current facility security with best practices despite the general lack of standards and legislative or regulatory requirements
  • Identification of multiple options for addressing security needs, based on available resources

This session will be a high level review of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), the challenges schools face in securing their environments and the PASS roadmap of “Best Practices” and tools to help school districts through the process.