There are an estimated 132,183 K-12 schools spanning the United States, but does even just one have the perfect security system to prevent against potential dangers?
Active assailants, riots, crowd violence, hostage situations and natural disasters are just a handful of threats plaguing K-12 schools today. Such risks and the evolving nature of codes and security measures make it essential for schools to stay current on the latest safety advancements.
In the wake of recent school tragedies, more schools are looking to improve perimeter security to better control who should – and who should not – be given building access. Taking a layered approach to security helps to better control traffic and funnel visitors into the main office before granting access to other parts of the building. Allegion can provide schools with proven best practices, from establishing a single point of entry for student school hours to having training and drills in place to prepare school staff for emergency and lockdown scenarios.
Three things we can do right now to better secure our schools
Today’s school leaders face unprecedented safety and security challenges, whether from intruders or natural disasters. Such risks make it essential for schools to stay current on the latest advances in construction, technological tools and safety protocols.
Understanding your school security options
Schools of every size and structure have a host of options available today, from state-of-the-art networked systems encompassing multiple locations to high-security key systems that help maintain access control at the most basic level. Some strategies can be implemented immediately at no or low cost, while others may require more long-term planning both in terms of logistics and budget.
Understanding security at every level
College and university campuses have many challenges in practicing emergency management that are related to the distinctive structure and environment of higher education. To understand security control for the complex environment of a college or university, consider the four phases of emergency management: prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Top 11 ways to prevent unauthorized access to your school building
From the delivery person to the volunteer parent, people visit school facilities every day. Often, regular visitors become familiar to school staff, faculty, even students. But with increased security risks and the constant change of school environments, familiarity is no longer an acceptable method of managing visitors to school facilities.
Top 10 ways to keep your school building secure
A safe learning environment for any K-12 campus or district demands proper planning and support from all constituents. To help ensure the safety of your students, faculty, administrators and visitors to your school, here are 10 ways you can keep your buildings secure. Read more.
Managing teacher, student and visitor access
No matter the size or type of your school, your buildings must accommodate a variety of uses, be accessible at all times of day and maintain a safe environment for those inside. But it can be difficult to control who comes in and out, and to determine who belongs inside the building and who doesn’t. Read more.
How to prevent unauthorized key duplication
You may have concerns about the use of keys to school premises, and who has access to keys at any given time. Controlling keys to your facilities can be difficult and time-consuming. Restricted keyways may be the answer to maintaining control over keys to your facilities and access to locks.
Controlling public access during after-hours events at your school
Today, locks and keys alone are not enough to keep a school’s perimeter secure against unwanted or uncontrolled visitors. From problems with non-custodial parents in a grade school to unauthorized delivery persons at high schools, controlling access with greater certainty is the first line of defense to keep a facility secure.
As new schools are built, lockdown and schools’ security capability will be a core component of the design process. School business leaders will need to consider capabilities, devices and technologies that can easily adapt and integrate into new systems, ensuring the highest level of security for students of the future.
Lockdown procedures help to minimize the spread of violence and increase the safety of university students, employees and visitors. Although a campus-wide lockdown may not always be practical or even possible, individual buildings and sites can be secured when the proper procedures and technologies are deployed. Read more.
Classroom security: What you should (and should not) do
Classroom security is as critical to the safety of students and staff as perimeter access into a school. There are a lot of ways to lock a classroom door. Unfortunately, many of the tactics employed today actually put staff and students at risk. It’s important to know which methods are effective and which should be avoided.
How to migrate to a fully networked lockdown solution
Historic and older buildings don’t have to mean compromising your security. Wireless and IP-based systems help you control access without minimal impact on the building. Find out how to migrate your current system and seamlessly integrate the old with the new for optimum security no matter how old the building.
Creating a lockdown plan for your campus
Although there are no national guidelines for university-wide lockdown, an effective emergency lockdown plan includes prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. New technologies can ensure you have the tools to migrate your campus to a fully integrated electronic access control system that supports fast and secure lockdown.
Critical Elements of an Emergency Classroom Lockdown Plan
Most schools have emergency procedures in place to keep children safe in the event of tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters, as well as bomb threats and hazardous materials spills. However, terrorist attacks and hostile intruder situations have emerged as serious threats to school safety. These threats may require an emergency lockdown or shelter-in-place procedures, which are the opposite of a facility evacuation.
The cost of renovation and maintenance of public schools is $127 billion. This considerable cost can’t be ignored, yet nearly every school has the same dilemma: doing more with less. Tight budgets are causing more schools to delay general maintenance, system upgrades or building repairs to a future budget cycle – or even postponing them indefinitely until funding becomes available.
Rising school trend of deferred maintenance
When it comes to budgets, practically every school has the same dilemma: doing more with less. But delaying general maintenance, system upgrades or building repairs until funding becomes available could cost schools much more than they had planned. Read more.
Top 10 ways to maximize your security budget – now and in the future.
Security teams at higher education facilities continually face the challenge of finding funds for their growing lists of security enhancements needed on their campuses. To get the most out of limited resources, a disciplined, team approach is needed, as well as a comprehensive security plan that addresses security issues throughout the campus. Read more.
More than 3,600 public and private K-12 schools nationwide trust Allegion and our market-leading brands including Schlage, Von Duprin and LCN for safety and security solutions that fit their environments. To learn about the solutions we have available for the K-12 market click here.
From securing main entry doors to specialized classroom security functions, Allegion offers a wide range of solutions that serve the needs of K-12 schools across the country. Learn how many schools are integrating Allegion products into their schools for enhanced security and peace of mind.
Olathe Kansas Schools Upgrade Classroom Security with Multiple Schlage Products Olathe Public School District is improving classroom security and simplifying key control by replacing multiple brands of locks on classrooms and other doors with Schlage locks and a patent-protected Everest 29 key system.
Featuring: Everest 29 key system interchangeable cores; Locks with classroom security function and other hardware for K012 schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Build the Foundation of Security and Safety
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, one of the largest school districts in the nation with 160+ schools and more than
140,000 students, sought to create a safer school environment for its students and staff.
Featuring: AD-series electronic locks, Proximity credentials
Castle Rock, Colorado Upgrades to Von Duprin and LCN
This school district in Castle Rock, Colorado has 45,000 openings. How many people do they have working on those openings? Two. You heard right. Two people cover 45,000 openings. Learn how they upgraded to improve security, durability, reliability and productivity.
Featuring: Von Duprin 98/99 exit device, Von Duprin 33/35, and LCN 4040XP
Back to School with the CVC
A high school in Kansas City, MO with about 2,000 students gets help selecting the proper hardware to minimize maintenance. Since rods have proven to consistently fail in this situation, Allegion implemented the new Less Bottom Latch (LBL) CVC system on a pair of Steelcraft doors, preventing potential abuse and bending of rods.
Featuring: Von Duprin CVC exit device, Steelcraft doors
Custom Décor Option Expresses School Spirit
See how a high school leverages 'Custom Décor Solutions' on their exit devices. Customization of hardware in many buildings, especially schools, universities, museums and sports facilities allow institutions to reinforce school spirit.
Featuring: Custom Décor Solutions
Security System Grows with Needs at Granite School District
Through a series of improvements to its access control system, the Granite School District continues to expand its ability to provide greater security for its students, teachers, and staff. Building on basic door hardware such as exit devices, the District now is incorporating greater use of electronic security.
Featuring: Von Duprin EL conversion kit, EPT power transfer
Greenwood Community Schools
Greenwood has always been proactive about security, but several tragic well-known events increased the emphasis on doing everything possible to protect students and staff.
Featuring: Electronic Locks and Open Architecture, Mechanical Locks, Exits, and Readers
Old-School Locks Just Wouldn’t Do for Piedmont Schools
This California district standardized its door hardware and keys thanks to a local bond measure and state modernization funds.
Featuring: Key Systems, Mechanical Locks, Exits
San Mateo High School District Keys in on Security
At the San Mateo Union High School District, a combination of relatively simple but effective access control solutions protects students, teachers and staff with minimal system management requirements.
Featuring: Classroom Security Function Locks, Lockdown, Key Systems, Mechanical Locks, Exits
Security is in the Cards for Cobb County School District
From a test that began as a maintenance initiative a few years ago, Cobb County School District has upgraded access at its elementary schools to a card access control system that helps ensure security for students and staff. At the same time, it simplifies access management and reduces costs. The Cobb County School District, located in the northwest suburbs of Atlanta, is the second largest school system in Georgia.
Featuring: Von Duprin 99 exit device, cards, and readers
Allegion serves as a trusted partner in helping schools keep classrooms safe. With many schools facing budget constraints and working with limited resources, our consultants have a deep rooted understanding of how to navigate some of the common challenges in the K-12 space. From directing schools to funding resources to providing assessment tools that determine needed building upgrades, Allegion can guide schools start to finish with tailored solutions that address today’s security needs.
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