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These school safety resources, including white papers, webinars, book excerpts, and recorded conference sessions, can help school administrators mitigate the risks of future incidents.

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School Security: Beyond the Headlines - 2018 Security Cares


Identify, Anticipate, Intervene - Steps to Prevent the Next School Shooting (2018)

Are you in a position to anticipate future safety and security challenges in you school district? Early identification, recognition of warning signs and resources for intervention are three key steps in preventing a school shooting.

Integrated Solutions for Protecting Our Schools in K-12 Education (2018)

School violence continues to be a challenge we all face as millions of children are sent off to school each day. Denver Public Schools has implemented an integrated solution district wide utilizing access control, video management, intrusion and telecom to protect over 100,000 people each day across 200 schools and facilities.

Safety & Security During After School & Out-of-School Time (2018)

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.

Creating a Safe Culture on School Campuses (2016)
This 90-minute webinar examines the culture of violence prevalent in some school systems from K-12 up through the College and University level. Discussion centers on current safety problems, as well as addressing some possible solutions.

Bullying, Harassment, Hazing & Domestic School Violence (2015)
In her introduction to the topic, the speaker notes that bullying in schools is about students pushing students to the breaking point through a combination of verbal, social, physical, and cyber means. When parents learn that their child has been bullied, they may seek help from law enforcement. The better approach, the speaker says, is to take personal action by learning the signs, knowing state bullying laws, and getting involved in school function such as the PTA.

Recorded Conference Sessions

Creating a New Culture in Response and Recovery (ASIS 2017)
What your organization does in the first hour of a crisis or event will shape the outcome forever. Response to and recovery from an incident, active assailant, act of terrorism, natural disaster requires a culture of preparedness and inclusion of the entire facility or organization in related activities. Your success and organizations reputation depends on it. Through an interactive exercise, participants will take some important steps in recognizing the preparedness and planning responsibilities their organization requires, from the CEO to the most recently hired employee. Culture of planning must be a base value of the organization, that is as important as their product or service it provides.

Protecting Facilities and Campuses from Active Shooter Threats (ASIS 2017)
Nice, Ohio State University, and Berlin all experienced active shooter incidents that caused mass casualties and chaos for civilians and law enforcement. Faced with these complex scenarios, security organizations must update their protection programs, emergency plans, and training to mitigate catastrophic events. Consider the DHS Active Threat Program, which includes strategic priorities and guidance such as training for civilians and law enforcement officers to enhance the awareness, preparedness, and resilience of an individual should an active threat incident occur.

One School’s Journey to Target Hardening (ASIS 2016)
The speaker considers school safety and security to be his passion, principally because his family lives on the Harding University campus of 7,000 students, which also includes a pre-k to grade 12 academy and a retirement center. His talk focuses on the academy and finding a balance between “safe but accessible.”

Securing a School’s Extracurricular Activities (ASIS 2016)
The lack of security at extracurricular school events was self-evident to the speaker as he escorted his four high school age children to indoor track events at neighboring school districts. Impediments ranged from lack of parking instructions, specific entry points, signage, and supervision.

Active Shooter Procedures for Schools (ASIS 2015)
A key point of this presentation centers on the security community's responsibility for changing the cultural mindset in schools that "there will never be trouble here." The goal of school security professionals should be to "provide a safe and security environment in the company of those who are not sure about the concepts" but who may think they know the answers.

White Papers

Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Place-Resource Guide (2018)
This guide, from the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, provides an aggregate of soft target resources for categorized for use by everyone, businesses, government, and first responders. These resources include fact sheets, guides, videos, in-person and online training, websites, and more.

School Bus Safety (2017)
In this white paper, seven authors approach school bus safety and security from various angles. The paper opens with a detailed look at school bus driver selection, training, and accident culpability. It includes statistics on school transportation vehicle crashes and instances of bus driver intoxication.

Campus Security: Responding to Rape and Sexual Assault (2016)
One in five female students will be raped while attending college. This alarming statistic prompted nine authors and reviewers from three ASIS councils to prepare articles that define rape as a crime on college campuses. They also address how to prevent sexual assault at schools and how to investigate accusations.

Security Management Articles

Harden Soft Targets with PSIM
Security Management, October 2017​

Soft Targets: What Security Professionals Can Learn From the Manchester Attack​​
Security Management, May 2017

After an Active Shooter
Security Management, May 2017

Responding to San Bernardino
Security Management, May 2017

Five Post Incident Concerns
Security Management, September 2016​​

Soft Target Trends
Security Management, September 2016​

School Security Trends
Security Management, September 2016

What the Pulse Nightclub Attack Means for Soft Target Security
Security Management, June 2016