A safe learning environment for our sites demands proper planning and support. Every day actions can get you where you need to go and can make a big difference in your overall
security. To help ensure the safety of our sites, here are 10
ways we can keep our buildings secure:
1. Assess risks annually
Campus/district, including faculty, staff, police/security, administration and the community at large
should be included when creating a security assessment team. Charge the group with tasks to identify strengths
and weaknesses of our security program. Review current security technology, as well as safety and security related
policies. Identify aspects of the security program that need improvement, then prioritize implementation of
2. Install or upgrade security cameras
Video surveillance systems and other security camera devices tie together video with access control. We can
customize the system with pre-determined actions based on specific events to allow controlled access to buildings
and campus environments.
3. Install access control equipment
With electronic access control, we can more easily manage entering and exiting while improving security and
safety. In an emergency, exit devices provide a safe way out of all doors, with re-entrance controlled by card access
or other credentials. A security management system helps eliminate the need for mechanical keys, and it can
simplify access control management at all the buildings in your district. The system incorporates electronics,
security integration and door hardware to improve overall security and safety.
4. Implement intelligent card procedures
Card access control solutions allow campus administrators to eliminate mechanical keying. Proximity cards,
biometrics, bar codes, smart cards, or other credentials give authorized cardholders access when and where they
need it. Access can be easily removed for anyone no longer employed by the school district.
5. Limit entrances/exits to campus buildings
Limit the number of entrances and exits
available for use by visitors. By designating a single entrance to each building we can better control security and
safety. A combination of intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance provides the strongest protection
for access points.
6. Implement visitor management procedures
Visitor management procedures can help to prevent access by unauthorized individuals to our buildings and sites. Solutions
include keeping doors locked during class hours and requiring all visitors to funnel through a central access point to
prevent them from entering without notice. School administrators or security officers should visually inspect and
interact with each visitor. We may implement a procedure to run background checks on all visitors or issue badges
to identify visitors in the building. Other solutions call for registering visitors by their drivers’ licenses or other forms
7. Install an IT infrastructure
An IT infrastructure allows us to integrate all the buildings in our district into a centralized network. Typically,
security management systems include access control, video surveillance and door alarm monitoring on one
platform. A district command control center allows security personnel to monitor all sites and gain more control
over the security and safety of the campus or district.
8. Install access control devices to entrances/exits
Retrofit kits allow us to convert our mortise and cylindrical door closers and exit device applications to electric
latch retraction systems. We can reap significant cost savings and eliminate the need to replace the entire device.
9. Improve communications
We can significantly improve support of our district’s security efforts by sharing information with our faculty, staff, police/security, administration and the community at large.
Take regular steps to inform those within our district and community of our efforts and why those efforts are
important. For example, address security technology in new student orientations or when training faculty and staff.
10. Improve training
Regular training is essential to any security program. By clearly defining the role each school employee plays with
regard to school safety, security and operations can contribute significantly to a successful security program.