2503, 2015

Is your health care site a magnet for workplace violence?

March 25th, 2015|Health care, Security, Site Safety|

Earlier this week, the former home of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza was demolished by state officials in the hope of aiding the healing process.

It is obvious why school shootings get so much attention and stay in our memories longer than other workplace shootings but a 2014 FBI Active Shooter Study showed the other workplaces […]

1603, 2015

Schools may be sued $350,000 per school shooting victim under CO bill.

March 16th, 2015|School, Security, Site Safety|

Will lawsuits force your school system to take school violence seriously?

Under two bills in the Colorado, victims of school shootings can get as much as $350,000 each. There is a $900,000 cap for each incidence of school violence. According to supporters of the school shooting lawsuit bills, their purpose is to get information from within the […]

1003, 2015

Required Reading: Sandy Hook School Safety Final Report

March 10th, 2015|Design, Funding, Security, Site Safety|

If  you care about school safety as much as we do,  the Sandy Hook Shooting Advisory Commission’s final report (PDF) on the December 2012 school shooting should be required reading.

The report covers a lot of ground from mental health to reasonable gun control policies but our primary mission here is school safety and here the report had many […]

203, 2015

Student Privacy, Freedom of Information, and School Safety

March 2nd, 2015|Security, Site Safety|

By Paul Feist

In the United States we walk a fine line between the individual’s right to privacy and the public’s right to be protected. If we share observations or even “hard” information we can be accused of violating the person’s right to privacy. If we don’t share there can be serious consequences.

This issue comes into […]

2302, 2015

School Shooting and Litigation

February 23rd, 2015|Security, Site Safety|

By Richard H. Price

Protecting students against violence on campus has become a necessary component of campus and school district administration. The natural corollary of this, protecting the schools from legal risks, has become increasingly difficult.

When a school shooting occurs and students and staff are killed or seriously injured the natural response to attribute blame. The […]

1602, 2015

Is A Security Camera System Right For Your School?

February 16th, 2015|Security, Site Safety|

By Paul Feist

Increasingly we are seeing security systems being evaluated by school districts seeking to increase the safety of all building users. On the surface it seems to be a good idea. The cost of systems has dropped significantly in the past eighteen months, making a security camera system a viable budget line item. The […]

902, 2015

Funding School Security: The Assessment Report

February 9th, 2015|Design, Funding|

By Juliet Maez

Would it surprise you to learn that the first step in obtaining Federal Grant or foundation monies to fund school security initiatives is not finding the right grant to apply for or even requesting the submission forms? While there are numerous grant programs willing to assist schools with funding for safety through environmental […]

202, 2015

Five Lessons Learned From Recent School Shootings

February 2nd, 2015|Site Safety|

By Richard H. Price

Literally thousands of pages have been written in response to active shooter events on school campuses. These include newspaper and magazine articles as well as the after action reports prepared by law enforcement and other first responder agencies.

Based on our analysis of these reports, as well as interviews with survivors, we have […]