When you are in charge of a school district, you must do everything you can to ensure school safety. One way that schools can improve their security is through the use of technology. If there are any potential vulnerabilities in your school’s security measures, then these can be addressed through the use of technology. Let’s take a look at how to make the most of this solution.
Security Technology in Action
New Jersey’s Manasquan Public School District had been upgrading their security cameras and slowly improving their plans for guaranteeing the safety of all of their campuses. The terrible events at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut accelerated the implementation of those upgrades.
Better cameras were installed and enabled with a remote-access viewing feature that allows stakeholders such as the superintendent, principals, and security guards to move the cameras or check the cameras for an updated image of what is happening nearby. All footage is recorded and stored. Visitor access control has also been made much tighter, with strictly-enforced background checks on all potential visitors. Internet protocol (IP) based security doors and Voice-Over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones have also been added to improve overall security, which also includes an emergency notification system where teachers and staff can reach the authorities without the need for a panicked phone call.
Using the Technology
Although the newest and most advanced electronic security technology is vital for making your school as safe as possible, it is important to consider the upgrade costs. However, here are some ways to make those costs less burdensome:
- Address school security needs: First of all, you must evaluate what security measures your school needs. For example, while one school in your area may only need new cameras, other schools may need metal detectors or more robust visitor access procedures.
- Be clear: When you begin the process of adding cameras, security checkpoints, and background checks, you must be forthcoming about why all of these measures matter and why they are necessary for improving school security. Your must balance your security concerns in the name of school safety with the privacy of the community you serve.
- Maintain it: Even if you have the best security cameras or the most sensitive metal detectors, they can’t help you if you don’t maintain them. School officials must be trained on how to use this technology properly but also be kept informed about the value of future upgrades.
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