(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 . . .)
The National School Safety Center, sponsor of America’s Safe Schools Week, offers 13 primary strategies to help inform, persuade, and integrate school safety and public opinion.
1. Convince your school board, superintendent and principals that quality education requires safe, disciplined and peaceful schools
2. Develop a district wide safe schools plan, as well as individual plans for each school in the system
3. Develop a school safety clearinghouse for current literature and data on school safety issues
4. Establish a systematic, district wide mandatory incident reporting system
5. Prepare a school safety public information brochure
6. Develop safety policies
7. Develop and regularly update a school safety fact sheet for your district
8. Create a school safety advisory group
9. Support America’s Safe Schools Week
10. Develop and maintain a community resource file of people known for their abilities to shape public opinion and accomplish goals
11. Build a public relations team, starting with school employees
12. Create a comprehensive identity program for your district
13. Publish a district magazine or newsletter
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These guidelines will walk you step-by-step through identifying your school’s potential threats, as well as the security layers you should employ in order to mitigate risk and keep students and staff safe. The guidlines are customized based on local risk levels and available resources and budgets. (Read more . . .)
The purpose of this primer is to provide the design community and school administrators with the basic principles and techniques to design a school safe from terrorist attacks. NOTE: This publication is available free to Local and State government staff. All other interested parties must order by special request through the Government Printing Office (GPO). (Read more . . .)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the U.S. Department of Labor issues the code of federal regulations regarding means of egress. This important regulation provides a definition for “exits,” required marking, as well as maintenance and workmanship. (Read more . . .)
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. (Read the Guidelines)
Despite concern voiced in opposition by security and safety experts and the many code officials at Ohio hearings, including the former superintendent from Chardon – Joe Bergant, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill to override current fire code requirements and allow barricade devices with limitations. These devices 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.
- Ohio Board of Building Standards Final Report
- Security Industry Association (SIA) – Letters to Ohio Legislature
- Door Security and Safety Foundation (DSSF) – Classroom Safety
- ALOA Keynotes – A Call to Arms for All Locksmiths
- Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) – Code Change Proposals
- Ohio Bill overriding current fire code requirements and allow barricade devices
- Ohio Advisory Statement supporting current code requirements
State Guidelines, Laws, and Code Modifications:
An Indiana School District has installed a unique security system that is the first of its kind and may see more implementation across the nation.