Building Design: Technology

Building Design: Technology
• Video Surveillance
• Access Controls
• Gunfire Sensors (ShotSpotter)
• Bullet resistant glazing
• Glass breakage detection
• Mass notification systems
• Intercom systems
• Visitor management systems

Resource Links:
You Better Make These Schools Safe’: As School Starts, Violence Is Top of Mind
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/08/30/you-better-make-these-schools-safe-as.html

Building Design: Classroom Security

Building Design: Classroom Security

Classroom door hardware

  • Always locked or lockable from inside the classroom
  • Consider barricade devices that are approved by the AHJ
  • Minimize glazing to prevent visibility, physical access to the lockset from the corridor side, gaining physical access to the space via glazed openings.
  • Consider protective glazing films or ballistic glazing at classroom entrances.
  • Provide shades to conceal glazed openings
  • Create shelter-in-place areas within the classroom
  • Strategically located opaque walls that allow students to hide outside the line of sight
  • Consider using ancillary classrooms spaces – toilet rooms, small group instruction rooms, storage rooms – as part of shelter in place strategy

Emergency Egress

  • Consider multiple points of egress to allow for escape within the building or to the exterior.

Resource Links:
Architects prioritize design as a school security solution
https://www.aia.org/articles/201346-architects-prioritize-design-as-a-school-se

Preparedness and Planning

Preparedness and Planning
• Step One: Participatory Design & Community Engagement
• Step Two: Know the Threat
• Step Three: Designing for Safety

Resource Links:
Preparedness Programs and Resources for School Administrators (Child Care, K-12, Higher Education)
http://www.caloes.ca.gov/for-individuals-families/school-emergency-planning-safety

Technology: Communication Goal

Technology: Communication Goal
• Right Information to the
• Right People at the
• Right Time so they can make the
• Right Decisions and issue the
• Right Communications.

Resource Links:
School safety, Security and Emergency preparedness
https://www.nsba.org/services/school-board-leadership-services/school-safety-and-security

Technology: Avoiding Risks

Technology: Avoiding Risks
• Overlapping and unconnected tools, data streams, interfaces, and teams can slow any organization’s response to a critical event when minutes count. Enabling fast communication among key participants can help bring about a more integrated response to emergencies.

Resource Links:
You Better Make These Schools Safe’: As School Starts, Violence Is Top of Mind
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/08/30/you-better-make-these-schools-safe-as.html

Policy: Student Policies

Policy: Student Policies
• School level-

  • Working to be inclusive of all others
  • Awareness of security breaches
  • Taking shelter in place
  • Classroom and school evacuations – cooperating with first responders

Resource Links:
School Safety & Crisis
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis

Secure Schools Alliance

Secure Schools Alliance: is a 501c3 organization aimed at providing and assisting educators, parents, and policymakers with research and education related to the safety and security of America’s educational infrastructure.

Resource Link:

Secure Schools Alliance has conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation related to all aspects of school safety and security. Their database breaks down each state’s work into quick reference bullet points: https://secureschoolresources.org/

School Safety Info.Org

School Safety Info.Org: is dedicated to school safety news, information and technology, and related print and electronic publications on school safety. This website is provided by the Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC), a program of the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and U.S. Department of Justice.

Resource Link:

Find resources from organizations and nonprofits that offer school safety services arranged in key areas: Prepare, Respond and Recover here: https://www.schoolsafetyinfo.org/resources/resources-index.html