USING THIS APPLICATION GUIDE AND
THE SECURITY VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT
Since 2013, there have been more than 300 school shootings in America—an average of one per week. These and other violent incidents on K-12 campuses have caused schools and their surrounding communities to examine the various tools available to improve safety and security.
Measures to improve safety can be complex, and include a combination of new policies and procedures, regular training and coordination with first responders. An essential element in a comprehensive approach to security is the use of advanced technology solutions, which can help prevent potential incidents, as well as mitigate the impact of unfortunate events.
Government organizations and advocacy groups around the country have worked to establish guidelines and recommendations to improve school safety. All of them communicate the importance of physical security technology. In addition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and boards of education at the state level, influential organizations include:
- PASS (Partner Alliance for Safer Schools)—passk12.org
- Secure Schools Alliance—secureschoolsalliance.org
- Safe and Sound Schools—safeandsoundschools.org
This application guide explores key considerations and best practices for K-12 security, including the development of a layered security approach and a security technology checklist. It will ultimately help you align priorities and next steps to better protect the students and staff at your school.