Are K12 Schools Really Safe?

(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 . . .)

13 strategies you can use right now to advance school safety

checktheboxThe 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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PASS Guidelines for School Security

qandaThese 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 . . .)

OSHA Regulation 1926.34 – Means of Egress

doorsThe 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 . . .)

State News

OHIO

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.

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