School Security Tips and Best Safety Practices
School security is important from kindergarten through college. Prioritizing safety can put students and staff at ease, which allows for more productive learning environments. Let’s look at the factors that affect school security and discuss the best physical security solutions for school campuses.
Schools face several security challenges that are not typical of a standard business.
Before we talk solutions, let’s discuss security challenges.
School sizes vary dramatically across the U.S., both in student population and campus size. It gets even more complicated when considering student population and campus size don’t often correlate! This means that two schools can have the same number of students—for this example, we will say 700—but their campuses differ in size. One school consists of just two or three buildings with a dozen classrooms on each floor. Meanwhile, the other school with 700 students has a much larger footprint and is far more spread out, with six or eight buildings, a gym, and playfields. These schools have the same number of students but different security considerations.
You also have to consider both outdoor and indoor security needs. Most school campuses have outdoor playgrounds, fields, gates, and quad areas. And it’s common for a school campus to have several entrances. Students, staff, and visitors may enter campus through the main office or through one of many side entrances and gates located around the campus. This fact does make entering and exiting particularly difficult, especially when it comes to keeping an eye on visitors who do not attend school or work on campus. School administrators must pay close attention to visitor intake procedures—and a security system can certainly help.
Here are three tips that can help secure a school campus.
Tip #1: Work with a local security provider when possible. A local security provider offers several advantages over a national provider. The first advantage is that a local provider is more likely to know your community—including relevant security and fire alarm codes. They will also have a reason to help (beyond just making a sale). That is, a local security provider will employ local technicians and customer service agents who might even have children that attend schools in the area. That’s an added value that you can’t find working with a large national security company.
Now in terms of practical value, working with a local security provider almost guarantees that you will receive account and tech support in person. Have a question? Call your provider and talk to a human. Security camera on the fritz? A technician can be sent directly to your campus. National security providers might even outsource customer support to a third-party service. And it will be harder to rely on their in-person tech support if they don’t have a branch near your school.
Tip #2: Prioritize visitor access. Controlling access is critical for school security. As mentioned, many schools have several entry points. It is often the case that staff members don’t patrol entrances.
Start by developing or re-examining your visitor procedure. Decide where visitors must enter the school. In most cases, it makes sense to require visitors to enter through the main office. Place signs around the exterior of the school pointing visitors toward the office. Once there, you can have visitors record their names. Consider handing out guest passes that a visitor must display. These strategies can help you track who enters and exits the campus.
Controlling the flow of visitors is one thing, but you also must consider how students and staff move through the campus. You can tighten up security by installing an access control system. Access control allows you to grant authorized individuals access to a building or room. The system keeps detailed records that show who entered a building and when, giving you greater insight than ever before. In addition, you can place all doors equipped with access control on lockdown with a single click, which can help during an emergency.
To be clear, access control is not feasible for every door on campus. But it can help you better secure spaces like the main office, archive rooms, and storage buildings.
Tip #3: Revisit your emergency safety plan. An emergency safety plan is key. It informs staff, faculty, and students on what to do during an emergency. These plans are often developed at the district level with input from safety experts. Reinforce these plans with regular trainings. Written policies can only do so much—by training students and staff, you can improve awareness during a real emergency.
Additionally, your emergency safety plans should not be set in stone. They should evolve with new industry standards and real-world experiences. Let’s say you hold an active shooter training where staff and students practice what they would do during a real emergency. You can take what you learn during these training exercises and revise the safety plan as needed.
When developing or revising an emergency safety plan, focus on the following:
- Preemptive Response. Have plans that allow your school to identify threats before they happen. Pay close attention to social media. Make it mandatory that students, staff, and parents report suspicious activity. Start outreach programs that educate students about common safety threats.
- Secure Classrooms. Teachers should know how to secure their classrooms. Make sure the doors lock from the inside and give teachers plenty of options to cover windows. Consider creating safe spaces inside each classroom that students and teachers can utilize for protection during an emergency.
- Emergency Response. Be sure to plan who, how, and when emergency services respond to your campus during an emergency.
School campuses across the country face serious security challenges. If you are in the market for a school security or fire alarm system, get in touch with Bay Alarm today. For more information on school safety, be sure to visit schoolsafety.gov.
Customer: Essex Realty Essex Realty is a property management company in Southern California with over 17... Read More >
Protecting educational campuses and facilities is an increasingly urgent and complicated problem. Campus buildings can be... Read More >
Time to update your burglar alarm system, but you’re unsure where to start? We don’t blame... Read More >
Managing properties, whether one or multiple, means constantly juggling challenges. Dealing with buildings in different cities... Read More >
As security technology becomes more advanced, so do the options for customizing your security protocols. A... Read More >
What it is: Monitored video security powered by artificial intelligence Live video monitoring is a next-generation... Read More >
Businesses and people are now using facial recognition technology to make payments, bank online, and as... Read More >
In their research report on “The Future of Physical Security,” execs from Microsoft and Accenture interviewed... Read More >
Customer: Laborers Training School Laborers Training School provides construction-based labor training to union workers in multiple locations... Read More >
As we mentioned in a previous article, several trends in the security market have made live... Read More >
News about artificial intelligence is everywhere these days. So it’s no surprise that business owners are... Read More >
The best runners in the world aren’t simply fast; they’re efficient. The most popular cars don’t... Read More >
What are security agent services? Security agent services (SAS) are live security agents who work on... Read More >
A typical customer in 2023 wants—and expects—a shopping experience that works for them. A challenge for... Read More >
There’s no denying that AI-powered technology offers you a chance to step up your business’s security... Read More >
You’ve probably heard of behavioral analytics. It’s everywhere these days, shaping our world and dramatically influencing... Read More >
Understanding who is at your business—and when—is a key priority for most business owners. Another obvious,... Read More >
Video security has come a long way, so much so that the full capabilities of a... Read More >
What is live video monitoring? Live video monitoring is a commercial security service that deters crime... Read More >
According to Security Magazine, more than 2,000 first-responder agencies across the US currently use drones and... Read More >
Scaling a business is an exciting time filled with new possibilities. But it can also bring... Read More >
If you’re relatively handy and feel like you have a solid understanding of technology, you might... Read More >
A video security system is only effective if it’s installed properly. The most advanced, AI-based camera... Read More >
Preserving employee safety can be a big challenge if you’re looking to expand your business to... Read More >
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than one million cars were stolen across the... Read More >
Has a speeding car in the next lane ever distracted you from seeing a pothole until... Read More >
Every business owner deals with risk: it’s part of doing business. Some risks are worth taking,... Read More >
An unsafe work environment poses hazards for businesses beyond the physical risks to employees. It can... Read More >
The best modern business security systems feature some of the most advanced technology on the planet.... Read More >
Build a culture of safety the right way Protecting employees and the office work space takes... Read More >
Warehouses are complex environments that present many potential hazards to employees. According to the Occupational Safety... Read More >
Protect your business without breaking the bank Protecting staff, inventory, and physical property is a priority... Read More >
Security tools work best when they fit the exact needs―and capacity―of your business and staff. The... Read More >
Implementing an effective security system for your business isn’t as simple as installing a camera, setting... Read More >
Following business safety regulations isn’t a choice but an obligation. Ignoring compliance standards not only puts... Read More >
Business leaders know how difficult choosing a security system can be. Every organization has specific needs... Read More >
One of the most frequent reasons business owners approach security companies is, unfortunately, one of the... Read More >
Keeping up with trends and technological innovations in the security industry can be a full-time job.... Read More >
Robbery, theft, and arson cost US businesses over $17.2 billion in losses in 2021. As a... Read More >
Searching for a smoke alarm system for your business? You’re probably going to need a smoke... Read More >
Do you know what it takes to stay compliant with building fire codes? Not every business... Read More >
Picture walking from your office building to your car at the end of the day. Others... Read More >
How do you keep up with evolving fire codes for your property? Amid everyday business concerns,... Read More >
Several high-profile fires have raised the urgency of fire protection for cannabis facilities. So, what is... Read More >
If you’re searching for the right video surveillance system, you have likely run across the network... Read More >
Waste is kindling for fires. If you work in the waste industry, you are likely aware... Read More >
The numbers don’t lie. Despite all the focus on cybersecurity, cybercriminals remain a costly threat to... Read More >
Companies of all industries depend on warehouses to store and ship valuable goods. And storing large... Read More >
As the business owner or manager of a retail store, you need to be aware of... Read More >
As a business leader, you might wonder how to implement or improve the safety program at... Read More >
Video content analysis (VCA), also known as video analytics, is a video surveillance technology used to improve the response to crime and other emergen Read More >
Protecting your business and staff during the holidays can be challenging, especially with all the surrounding... Read More >
Access control systems give business owners and managers the power to control what areas employees and... Read More >
One big reason Bay Alarm is different from other security system companies: it’s locally operated and... Read More >
California voters made recreational cannabis legal in 2016. Since then, thousands of cannabis dispensaries and other... Read More >
The answer is yes, 3G is going away. The network will no longer exist at the end... Read More >
Habitat for Humanity is building a first-of-its-kind 3D-printed home in Tempe, Arizona, as part of their... Read More >
In 2020, owners of some multifamily residences in San Diego began receiving notices titled “Retroactive Residential... Read More >
Here’s some reality TV you probably haven’t seen: actual property crimes in progress, captured by Bay... Read More >
An important part of managing your business is ensuring the safety and security of your employees,... Read More >
Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) is an access control systems standard developed by the Security Industry... Read More >
Contact sensors are security devices typically installed on doors and windows. They can notify you and... Read More >
Selecting the right type of security camera for your home or business is critical, as security... Read More >
Standard commercial security guard services include agent response, guard patrol, and standing guard, all of which... Read More >
Biometric security systems digitally identify people through biological signatures, like fingerprints, facial recognition, and eye scans.... Read More >
Ever try scheduling service appointments for multiple locations with a big security company? Chances are, you... Read More >
Having a basic knowledge of burglar alarm systems will help you decide what kind of system... Read More >
Like all security technology, security cameras have come a long way in recent years. As people... Read More >
Your fire alarm and sprinkler systems must satisfy all federal, state, and local regulations. If it... Read More >
Believe it or not, commercial security cameras used to give us blurry images. Luckily, those days... Read More >
Are you hesitant to get a security and fire alarm system for your business due to... Read More >
Fire alarm systems keep buildings and building occupants safe from fires. While it is easy to... Read More >
Catalytic converter theft has become a big issue for car lots as the price of materials... Read More >
An IP camera, or internet protocol camera, is a type of digital security camera that receives... Read More >
When shopping for a business security camera system, you might have the option to choose a... Read More >
Despite advanced security technology, false alarms do happen. Non-emergency events are major strains on local emergency... Read More >
Video alarm verification pairs your security system with an alarm monitoring center. In the event an... Read More >
A motion sensor, or motion detector, is an electronic device that uses a sensor to detect... Read More >
A fire alarm system is one of the most important security features of any building—they are... Read More >
Traditional metal keys can be easily lost, locks must be professionally re-keyed if an ex-employee fails... Read More >
How do you change an employee’s code on your business DMP system? It’s easy! You... Read More >
The ‘Users’ page allows you to manage all of the users on your system. Connect to... Read More >
Schedules and profiles work together to let you customize how and when you give an individual... Read More >
Modern security camera systems are great for monitoring your home or business, as many systems offer... Read More >
The ‘System Overview’ page gives you quick access to the parts of your system you interact... Read More >
For those looking to increase the safety of their home or business, it can be tempting... Read More >
The history page on VirtualKeypad.com allows you to view the most recent events on your system.... Read More >
As a small business owner, you need more than just a security camera or burglar alarm.... Read More >
The reports page allows you to generate reports about what’s been happening on your system. You... Read More >
Holiday dates allow you to adjust your system schedules on special occasions throughout the year. Once... Read More >
The Virtual Keypad website allows you to conveniently manage your access control system using your computer... Read More >
The Bay Alarm Link mobile app makes arming and disarming your business security system easy. Take... Read More >
Adding users to your Business DMP system is easy, and only takes a few steps. To... Read More >
Constructing a new commercial building—be it a retail space, apartment complex, skyscraper, or sporting arena—is a... Read More >
Bay Alarm’s BayGuard+ live video monitoring puts you in complete control of your business’s security system.... Read More >
There are a wide variety of home and business security devices and systems. You can opt... Read More >
Your home or business burglar alarm system increases the safety of everyone and everything within. It’s... Read More >
In 2016, there were over 11,000 reported construction-site equipment thefts in the United States, which accounted... Read More >
A cyber security breach, or data breach, is an intentional or unintentional release of private information... Read More >
The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is shifting most day-to-day work operations from the office to the home.... Read More >
The California State Fire Marshal recently announced that it is still essential for contractors to ensure... Read More >
Fire is one of the top risks to any small business. According to the National Fire Prevention... Read More >
While you can’t always predict supply and demand, ensuring the protection of your business is one... Read More >