school security requirements vary from state to state; it's important to know what you state requires of your district.

What Are Your State’s School Security Requirements?

Education

  For school administrators, safety planning means more than staying on top of the latest security trends. You have to address community expectations, deal with budget constraints and, just as important, satisfy your state’s required school security systems. Does your state require a formal school safety plan? Do you need …


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Easy-Care, Durable School Security Windows

Bulletproof Products, Education

Total Security Solutions market segment leader Rick Reid recently received these photos from a school in Florida, showing the condition of their security windows.             What happened to these windows? Most people assume that this glass is decades old and deeply scratched. Maybe someone gouged …


School Building door with heavy duty barricade lock

The Dangers of School Door Barricades

Education

Door barricades are an attractive solution: For just a few thousand dollars a school can outfit every single classroom with a door barricade that’s easy to activate and renders the room virtually impenetrable. They can be installed quickly, without disrupting school activities. And most importantly in many communities—where armed guards …


As a growing number of districts consider digital surveillance systems, skeptics also raise concerns that misinterpreted data could result in too many false positives.

School Safety & Privacy Under Digital Surveillance Systems

Education

Are students safer in school districts that watch their every move on social media? Some schools have started using digital surveillance systems to monitor students’ social media posts. This has prompted privacy advocates to question administrators about the responsible use of social media monitoring tools. As a growing number of …


School shootings are not unique to the United States; it helps to understand this when school safety planning.

School Safety Planning: Think Broadly, Plan Specifically

Education

The school year is done. It’s a good time to take a deep breath and a clear-eyed look at school safety planning. But that can be harder than it seems. The most recent headlines about catastrophic events dominated the school security conversation. But these eye-catching tragedies often have little to …


As you look into federal school safety grants, expect to find intricate application requirements, tiered funding limitations, dollar matching requirements, or regional preferences. 

3 Tips for Securing School Safety Grants

Education

When it comes to school safety grants, most people focus on federal programs—and for good reason. For example, the Department of Justice awarded more than $70 million in school safety grants this year. FEMA is likewise offering $60 million in nonprofit security improvement grants this year alone.  (That’s more than …


school resource officers

School Resource Officers are Getting Hard to Find

Education

Communities are eager to invest in their schools’ safety and physical security. This increasingly includes a push to add school resource officers (SROs), sworn officers, or other armed security to every school. But doing so has proved challenging in many districts. School resource officers—although sometimes the focus of controversial news coverage—are far from …