The upcoming school year is only a few weeks away. However, before the new academic year begins, it is important to ensure that your school is as secure as possible. Here are several recommendations for how to improve school security.
Add More Security Cameras
School security depends on forethought and other proactive measures Take a walk around your school and determine which cameras are effective and which aren’t. In some case, you will need to add more security cameras to your existing network. Every single entrance and exit needs to have multiple functioning cameras around it to prevent the possibility of blind spots being exploited. Hallways, lunchrooms, libraries, auditoriums, parking lots, and playgrounds are also areas of your school that stand to benefit from additional surveillance.
Besides keeping your students, staff, and faculty safe, the presence of cameras can help discourage crimes such as theft and vandalism.
Integrate Access Control Systems
Another critical element of school security is access control. Implementing more rigorous visitor control systems must go beyond instituting sign-in and sign-out sheets kept in the main office. Access control systems are mounted on both interior and exterior doors so that only authorized personnel can enter. Using IP-based solutions can keep costs down while also helping everyone inside feel safer. Plus, as your school grows to accommodate more students, you can easily upgrade the system to cover more doors and better manage the schedule your school runs on, keeping the building safe even during night time activities and on days that the school is closed and mostly unoccupied.
Prepare for Emergencies
One last element of school security you must consider is how well-prepared your school is for emergencies. Fire drills are a routine occurrence throughout the year, but what about other types of emergencies? Students, teachers, and school administrators need all the training they can get for dealing with an emergency, along with other stakeholders such as security staff, bus drivers, and parents and community members that the school belongs to. When the staff can recognize and respond to potential threats, then the entire campus feels safer, and everyone can focus on the one thing more important than school security – a healthy learning environment.
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