For Atoka Elementary, located in Oklahoma, student safety is paramount. Because of its location, the school regularly faces the threat of severe weather. The school board purchased six bulletproof safe rooms, placing them in areas throughout the school. Installing these rooms is just one way the school is taking proactive precautions on possible threats …
As school administrators and school security professionals begin to consider security upgrades, budgeting and planning tend to be front of mind. “But there are some pitfalls to keep in mind,” Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards notes, “background assumptions or biases that sometimes get administrators off course, and lead to some bad …
According to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime statistics, over the last five years the U.S. has averaged around 120 anti-Semitic “intimidation” crimes per year. Although it’s difficult to determine what portion of those are bomb threats (the FBI’s publicly available statistics are limited), it appears that there are usually fewer than two dozen JCC-targeted bomb threats in a given year. By contrast, on January 9 and 18 of this year American JCC’s experienced dozens of bomb threats—those two days alone accounted for roughly twice as many JCC-targeted bomb threats as all of 2015.
There are reasonable things for kids to worry about during the school day: fitting in with their peers, getting to class on time, and passing the dreaded pop quiz. It’s upsetting to think that children today might go to school afraid that they will experience or witness violence. Kids are …
Public and private schools in the U.S. take the threat of school violence very seriously hiring school resource officers to keep both students and staff safe in school, installing bullet resistant barriers in schools, and training both students and staff members on procedures to follow should an active shooter situation arise in, around or near their school.
The notion of collaborative learning is becoming increasingly popular in primary and secondary education. Schools are moving away from teacher-centric learning highlighted by long lectures and moving toward more active learning, where students work in small groups to learn hands-on and serve both as the student and teacher.
Schools often come in initially asking about very extensive Level 5 to 8 systems (which explicitly address the threat of high-powered ammunition and assault weapons). A level 5 to 8 system would likely include blast-rated and bullet resistant exterior windows capable of stopping very powerful ammunition and blasts, bullet proof doors throughout the facility, and so on.
Such high-level systems are prohibitively expensive, and also entirely unnecessary
Potential dangers of opening a school to voters could include everything from thousands of strangers in the building to increased car traffic in the parking lots and neighborhoods surrounding schools. Rarer, but still a threat, is the potential for non-custodial parents to use the chaos of election day as an opportunity to access their children.
One of the Department of Homeland Security’s top recommendations for preventative active shooter management is access control. As we’ve mentioned on this blog in the past, the threat landscape for schools—especially rural and suburban schools—continues to evolve, as have have procedures among law enforcement and first responders. In most areas, if an active shooter can be slowed by just 20 seconds, law enforcement will have the time they need to lock down the scene and neutralize the threat.