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.
How it’s remained the same
Video surveillance in school communities have and will continue to be a key component of K-12 school security. Before the COVID-19 crisis, video surveillance systems in schools were typically used to document incidents of bullying, vandalism, and monitoring entrances.
As school security needs have increased over the last two decades, security cameras have been used to monitor and identify visitors entering and exiting the premises and to monitor school perimeters. While these uses will continue to stay the same, COVID-19 has expanded the function and need for video surveillance in school communities.
How it’s changing
Due to the pandemic, the current focus of video surveillance has evolved into providing schools with advanced capabilities to help create more safe and healthy learning environments, specifically due to advancements in video analytics.
The demand for video analytics has drastically increased over the last several months as K-12 districts have begun to leverage their existing systems to address the new challenges brought about by the pandemic. For instance, many are using video surveillance analytics for contact tracing and to monitor and enforce occupancy limits. Many video surveillance systems now include software that can count people to prevent high occupancy levels in cafeterias, hallways, and classrooms.
Some districts have even gone as far as to implement symptom screening measures with thermal cameras and temperature analytics to ensure students, staff, and visitors are not showing signs of a fever. Some of these systems even include software that can detect whether an individual is wearing a mask.
We’re here to help
While many schools have committed to remote learning models for the foreseeable future, now could be the perfect time to explore which video surveillance solutions may be the best fit in establishing safer and healthy learning environments. At SSP, we want you to take comfort in the fact that your school community would be served by the industry’s best experts in school security, so why not explore your options?
If you’re interested in learning more about what video surveillance solutions we can provide you, call and speak with an expert today at 1-888-540-0175.