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School Resource Officers are Getting Hard to Find

School Security and Safety

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 …


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Low-Cost School Safety and Security Improvements

School Security and Safety

Every politician and administrator in America is under increasing pressure to improve school safety and security. The result? An avalanche of well-intentioned seminars, dubious “security” products, questionable laws, and controversial policies. And still, there are scarce additional dollars available to support improvements in school safety.  Fortunately, some of the highest …


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An All-Hazards Approach to School Safety

School Security and Safety

School safety is always front and center. According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, school safety is among the determining factors for both parents and students switching schools. A recent report from Axios found that 68 percent of “Generation Z” (the post-Millennial generation) say that “school shootings are the most …


Using school door barricade devices is controversial because these devices could prevent individuals with disabilities and, under some circumstances, even persons who don’t have any disabilities from evacuating a building during an emergency, such as a fire.

Safety Concerns About School Door Barricades

School Security and Safety

In December of last year Campus Safety magazine announced that they would immediately stop accepting advertising dollars from companies whose school door barricades fall short of safety and accessibility standards. As Campus Safety noted in their announcement, “these devices … could prevent individuals with disabilities and, under some circumstances, even …


Bulletproof safe rooms in schools are just one way to guard against severe weather

Bulletproof Security Keeps Students Safe from Mother Nature

School Security and Safety

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 …