In any campus that needs protection, we can never forget the importance of systems preventative maintenance. Most campuses have high use and high occupancy for many hours of the day and night, with a great number of them operational all year long. Access control, video surveillance, intrusion, fire, and communication systems exist to keep staff and other occupants safe from harm and the buildings operational. These systems, however, are comprised of many delicate components that could eventually fail without care, and security staff and occupants would not know which could be disastrous in the event of an emergency such as fire or security breach. Preventative maintenance ensures the systems and equipment are in top working order so they do their job when it matters most.
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Video surveillance in school communities has and will continue to be a critical aspect of K-12 school security. As school security needs have increased over the last two decades, security cameras have been used to document incidents of bullying, vandalism, and monitoring entrances. While these uses will continue to stay the same, if your school or district is still operating an analog or digital video surveillance system that isn’t high definition (HD), it might be time for you to upgrade.
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With an updated CDC Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools, many schools around the nation are considering how to best prepare for the delivery of in-person instruction. When it comes to securing the physical and hygienic safety of school personnel and students, the approach needs to be twofold, emphasizing hygienic and physical security.
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Unfortunately, in today’s present climate, mass shootings and gun violence are of paramount concern not only in schools but in government buildings, medical facilities, and just about anywhere crowds gather or work. It doesn’t help that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and political and social unrest, that experts estimate a nearly 90% increase in gun sales nationally from March to October 2020 compared to 2019. Such a drastic rise in firearm sales means there are more guns in American citizens than in more recent years. It’s entirely possible that the national increase in background checks for gun purchases can be attributed to anxiety about an unprecedented convergence of a pandemic, a summer of national unrest, and a presidential election.
With January’s incident at the nation’s capital and growing concerns surrounding K-12 student mental health, it’s becoming more evident that shootings and gun violence should be a prioritized concern as unrest continues to evolve in our nation. The purpose of this article is to examine the solutions schools can implement to prevent mass shootings and gun violence events on K-12 and college campuses.
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As the second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic have ensued, many schools across the country have either maintained or reverted to virtual learning models, leaving school buildings empty for long durations of time. Without as many staff and students on campuses, schools must rely on technology to monitor situations like leaking pipes or electrical malfunctions that could lead to an emergency situation if left unchecked. With fewer people physically on school properties, now is the perfect time for school administrators to explore, invest, and install environmental monitoring technologies that can prevent costly emergencies and damage.
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Whenever any kind of crisis happens in an educational environment, there is always a call for updates to health and safety measures, procedures, and policies in K-12 schools. Like with the new emergency and lockdown procedures brought on by a rise in school shootings, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been any different in bringing about security changes. There’s been an uptick in video surveillance solutions playing a significant role in creating safer and healthier environments for students, faculty, and visitors at K-12 schools as we navigate the health crisis. While some aspects of K-12 video surveillance have remained the same, some aspects have changed due to the impact of COVID-19.
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As more schools seek to bring students and staff back into their buildings, making school communities feel comfortable doing so while also complying with local and state health guidelines will be a monumental task, but not an impossible one.
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With most students and educators relying on virtual learning as the school year commences, most school communities are learning and working from home while school buildings remain relatively empty. Without large numbers of students and faculty in school buildings, now is an opportune time for administrators to make school security upgrades for when their buildings do fill up again.
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With the school year just around the corner, establishing top-notch perimeter security on school grounds is essential to maintain the safety of students and school personnel.
Over the last several years, schools across the nation are reconfiguring their main entrances to establish more secure and recognizable entry points, but gated entry solutions can do this even better.
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Campuses of all types have always made physical security and the safety of students and staff a top priority. However, the recent COVID-19 crisis has forced many educational facilities to rethink everything they thought they knew about their physical security systems and measures. In fact, there is no better time to look at your physical security through a new lens than during a crisis, and what you learn can help improve security and campus efficiencies.
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