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Featured Resource: An educator turned school security expert discusses the complex issues of school safety and security and how to see them from different perspectives.


Language Lessons in K-12 Security

School security professionals must translate guidance and actions between law enforcement, teachers, and administrators to get traction.

Guy Bliesner helped found the statewide Idaho Office of School Safety and Security, and he serves Office of the State Board of Education as a school safety and security analyst. In any given year, Bliesner completes around 100 full threat and vulnerability assessments at Idaho school facilities. Security Management interviewed Bliesner on what he has learned in those threat assessments and other school security and safety trends.

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School Safety and Security Community

This online community is open to all ASIS Members and aims to serve as a forum to identify best practices and emerging trends in educational institution security. It serves both K-12 and higher education.

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Developing a Better Student Reunification Process

School days around the world are bookended in very much the same manner—students arrive at their school by bus, car, bicycle, and on foot, and at the end of the school day, the reverse takes place and students return to their homes. The entire process is orchestrated, choreographed, practiced, commonly understood, and, most importantly, expected by everyone involved. But what happens when there is a need to return students to their parents outside of this routine?

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Additional School Safety and Security Resources

What We Know: Children, Teachers Killed in Attack on Texas Elementary School
At least 19 students and two adults, in addition to the gunman, were killed in a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school this week. Details about the attack, the victims, and the shooter are still emerging, but here’s what we know so far.
Today in Security, 25 May 2022

Chicago Public Schools’ Vendor Data Breach Compromises Data for 550,000 People
The school district said the breach was caused and exacerbated by a vendor's failure to follow the information security terms of its contract—specifically failing to encrypt data and purge old records.
Today in Security, 23 May 2022

A Colorado School District Listens for Lockdowns
The Sheridan School District in Englewood, Colorado, needed more video surveillance, a newer public address system, and a sound detection system that could identify gunshots.
Security Management, May 2022

Restructuring School Security Planning and Awareness
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were typically very regimented about the main entrance security of their buildings. Security assessments conducted during the pandemic, by contrast, illustrated a very relaxed main entrance security posture.
Security Management, November 2021

Assigning Roles for Campus Security Awareness
College and university campuses are characterized by specific characteristics that pose major challenges for security to prevent crime. The high student population, prevailing freedom, lack of guardians, and homogenous nature of the campus setting create an environment with many opportunities for crime to occur. A modified security model is therefore needed.
Security Management, September 2021

School Safety Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
Paul Timm, PSP, discusses the challenges facing school districts this semester, including political entrenchment, fundamental social-emotional changes in classrooms, cross-department collaboration in physical security, and higher turnover and retirement rates in districts.
Security Snapshots, August 2021

The Handbook for School Safety and Security
This handbook provides the salient information school administrators and security professionals need to address the most important security issues schools face..

School Security
Security author Paul Timm a nationally acclaimed school security expert explains how to make your institution a safer place. Throughout the book Timm emphasizes a proactive rather than reactive approach to school security.

Extreme Violence
Book Review
Understanding and Protecting People from Active Assailants, Hate Crimes, and Terrorist Attacks.
Security Management, July 2021

Gaining Insights into Campus Security Trends
The security team for the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, is learning outside of the classroom and making smarter moves thanks to new software.   
Security Management, July 2021

Summer Safety Projects to Prepare for the Rest of the Year
Hear an outline of safety projects schools and organizations should consider undertaking over the summer to be ready when normal operations resume
On-Demand Webinar, Free for ASIS Members

Warning Signs of Violence Require Multidisciplinary Assessment
As schools navigate reopening, school security professionals warn that information sharing is more critical than ever.
Security Management, November 2020

How to Better Initiate a Lockdown
Jericho Union School District in Long Island, New York, adopts a solution to improve its security.
Security Management, September 2020

Classrooms in Crisis: Helping Students and School Staff Readjust
Many school systems considered how best to reopen and weighed physical health and safety measures, but school psychology and security experts cautioned not to discount students’ state of mind.
Security Management, August 2020

Designing Better School Lockdowns
Should lockdown drills in schools be as commonplace as fire drills?
Security Management, July 2020

Traditional Lockdown Versus Multi-Option Responses to School Shootings
While a majority of schools conduct active shooter drills, typically using a traditional lockdown approach, little is known about their effectiveness.
Webinar On-Demand, Free for ASIS Members

How an Oklahoma School District is Reducing Emergency Response Times
A major debate was sweeping across the United States in the late 2010s: should school teachers be armed?
Security Management, May 2020

Best Practices: School and Campus Security
Mini eBook
This Security Management supplement includes a Q&A with Rebecca Bolante on the role threat assessment teams have in securing schools.
Security Management, July 2019

Can We Reliably Prevent the Next Workplace/School Shooting?
We all know that there is no absolute (100%) violence prevention; however, we can get out in front of, and reliably prevent violence!
On-demand webinar, Free for ASIS Members

Solutions Post-Parkland
This Security Management article distills results from several studies and initiatives that followed the horrific Parkland school shooting.
Security Management, April 2019

Resourceful Relationships
SROs are involved in more than just law enforcement—experts say that role is a tertiary one compared to the education and relationship building that SROs participate in at schools across the United States, ultimately impacting the lives of students.
Security Management, January 2019

School Security Expert Panel
This hour-long discussion with four experts from the council touches on all aspects of school security from perimeter hardening to training to active monitoring for prevention purposes.
GSX, September 2018

Identify, Anticipate, Intervene - Steps to Prevent the Next School Shooting
Early identification, recognition of warning signs and resources for intervention are three key steps in preventing a school shooting.
On-demand webinar, free

Putting Multi-Option Active Assailant Response to the Test
Chronicles one of the first attempts to empirically study active assailant response strategies.
Security Management, October 2019

Anticipating the Unexpected: Preparing Your Organization for Critical Incidents
Learn planning strategies and best practices for emergency and business continuity planning. Presented by Joe Petroff, Health and Safety Coordinator at Michigan State University.
On-demand webinar, free with registration

Integrated Solutions for Protecting Our Schools in K-12 Education
Learn about Denver Public Schools’ integrated solution utilizing access control, video management, intrusion, and telecom.
On-demand webinar, free

Safety & Security During After School & Out-of-School Time
It's challenging enough to mitigate the risks during the school day but after the bell rings, on the weekend and at off-campus school-sanctioned activities, it's even greater.
On-demand webinar, free

A Safety Strategy on Campus
How a failed incident at Central Florida University led to sweeping security change on campus.
Security Management, June 2018

Panic Bars Provide Students with Shelter in California
Cal State Fullerton install emergency buttons to secure facilities.
Security Management, June 2019

The Power of Awareness
Community-wide threat assessment reporting system used to report threatening or suspicious activity.
Security Management, April 2019

Lessons in Violence Prevention
A look at how active assailant situations are studied and new guidelines and procedures are generated.
Security Management, September 2018

Murder in the Classroom - A Practical Guide for Prevention
Book Review
A review of a book by security Robert D. Sollars. The prevention strategy outlined in the book targets parents, students, and schools.
Security Management, June 2019

See more resources on the Soft Target and Active Shooter security topics page.