5 Problems & Solutions: School Security & Daily Operations

5 Problems & Solutions: School Security & Daily Operations

As safety threats evolve, chances are your school, district or university is now dusting off and upgrading emergency response tools and processes on your campus(es). Given the financial limitations typical of school budgets, it’s worth noting the same school security technology that helps you minimize loss in a crisis can also improve daily operations, productivity,…

Dept of Justice: 10 Essential Actions for Student Safety

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released Ten Essential Actions to Improve Student Safety, aimed at preventing and mitigating violence on school campuses. In this post, we sum up those 10 actions, linking to the full report and other resources below. The 10 essential actions are as follow: Comprehensive school safety…

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Layered Solutions to Overhaul Intercom Systems at Lawrence Township Schools

News release, September 21, 2020 INDIANAPOLIS — Layered Solutions, an Indianapolis-based provider of integrated emergency and routine communications, was chosen to update intercom systems for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, Indiana. In doing so, school staff will have two-way communications from classrooms to front desks. The technology will also enable school leaders to communicate…

School Technology Integrations: 3 Ways to Improve Student Safety, Engagement

Rising risks and shrinking budgets have long been challenges to student safety and adequate emergency management in schools from K-12 to higher ed. Then came COVID-19. Risks skyrocketed, priorities shifted, and you’ve been forced to cook up new ways to serve your school community. There’s the challenge of keeping students and staff healthy, of course….

Mandatory Panic Buttons at Schools: Will Alyssa’s Law Go Nationwide?

Alyssa’s Law, which requires schools to have silent panic alarms installed and linked to local law enforcement, is now on the books in New Jersey, and is pending in New York and Florida. Federal legislation could take it nationwide. How Alyssa’s Law came to be Named for Parkland shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff, Alyssa’s Law is…

School Security: Better Emergency Response on a Tight Budget

As school budgets shrink and safety risks rise, keeping students, staff and visitors safe is a BIG job — one that often exceeds the time, funding and skill sets you have available. Understandably, reading up on emergency management advice often highlights how far you still have to go, and the gaps you can’t do much…

Case Study: Integrating Disparate Technologies for Better, Faster Emergency Response
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Case Study: Integrating Disparate Technologies for Better, Faster Emergency Response

What happens when you have only moments to react and disseminate critical instructions to protect people and property under your care? And how do you reach multiple audiences instantly, bypassing distractions or communications barriers, with minimal delay or chance of human error? In this case study, Robert Iocona — Chief Technology Officer for Kingsway Regional…

Clery Act Clarifies: Timely Warning or Emergency Notification?

Clery Act Clarifies: Timely Warning or Emergency Notification?

What’s the difference between a timely warning and an emergency notification? For schools, that distinction could mean the difference between compliance and violation of Clery Act requirements, or worse: unnecessary risks to students. As with macaroons and macarons, the similar-yet-distinct meanings are also a frequent source of confusion the Clery Center recently covered in its…

How to counter evolving risks to student safety

Mental health, hunger, homelessness, and financial hardship are all threats to student safety, and prudent leaders need to consider them in protecting students, reports Campus Safety. Alarmingly, one in 30 children in the U.S. experience homelessness, and by age 12, nearly all (83%) have been exposed to at least one serious violent event, the magazine…