Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

A Look Back at School Safety in 2018

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Operations, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

During 2018, school safety was one of the biggest topics in the education AND mainstream media. So many articles covered how school districts were spending funding to help secure their schools. This ranged from increased active shooter training for staff to security cameras and more obscure safety measures such as bulletproof whiteboards. Take a look at Campus Security & Life Safety’s recap of 2018 security trends.

The top three 2018 school safety trends were:

  1. Visitor Management Systems: More districts, and even medical facilities and hospitals, saw the importance of understanding who enters and leaves campuses. According to Campus Security & Life Safety, adding a visitor management system was part of a larger overhaul of security on a campus, sometimes following a violent incident.
  2. Campus Safety Apps: These apps fell into one of two categories: a safety resource for one particular campus (usually a higher education institution) or an app that allows students, faculty and/or parents to anonymously report threats. The safety resource apps often included a “safe walk” feature so users could opt into location tracking in case something happened on their way home. The reporting apps allowed users to report suspicious behavior, as well as more common safety concerns such as bullying.
  3. Access Control: Access control was HUGE in 2018. In fact, it was a big topic of discussion during our four School Safety Talks webinars, particularly in Paul Timm’s webinar. Access control consists of securing the perimeters of a campus, ensuring doors are locked, and creating one secure check point for visitors. This “vestibule” acts as a staging area for visitors and allows office staff or a school resource officer to verify a visitor’s identity before granting them access to the building.

For more about these 2018 school safety trends, click here.

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