Building Security: From Vulnerability Assessments to Technology Planning & Implementation

This event was originally held on October 17, 2023 and is now available for on demand viewing.
Sponsors:  Assa Abloy, Aiphone Communications, dormakaba, EVOLV Technology, GenetecInovonics, IP VideoKrieger Specialty Products, NAPCOOmnilert, Traka - An ASSA ABLOY Group Company, Vicon

Duration: 1 Hour

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School districts should evaluate their school safety and security policies and procedures through needs, risks, or vulnerability assessments that are most commonly performed through third-party security consultants, and occasionally by local police or state departments of criminal justice services. Vulnerability assessments help schools take steps to prevent, mitigate, and lessen the potential impact of risks by developing customized district and school emergency management plans.

Almost all K-12 schools use physical security systems, including security cameras, lighting, and access control systems, to protect their schools. For example, a National Center for Education Statistics survey found that over 97% had controlled access to their building. Physical security remains a high priority in K–12 schools, now more than ever. The challenge for many school administrators is managing their physical security systems in a centralized and efficient manner. With so many resources, recommendations, and questions directed at school leaders, they can easily find themselves overwhelmed when addressing their school’s physical security challenges.

Superintendents, district-level leaders, and educational professionals need access to practical and effective security methods to ensure their school’s physical security remains robust while supporting a positive learning environment.

Discussion Points:

  • Conducting a school security assessment
  • Adopting a systems-based approach
  • Applying the school security layered method
  • Integrating Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Managing school physical security systems
  • Implementing effective mass notification systems and practices
  • Establishing comprehensive video surveillance coverage
  • Ensure compliance with district-wide physical security standards
  • Summary of best physical security practices for K-12 schools
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