At SchoolDude, we are busy prepping for the upcoming SchoolDude University, March 15-18 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For the first time, school security will be a big focus at the event. Executives from SchoolDude and prominent security experts, including Paul Timm, president of RETA Security, will highlight school safety best practices.
We shared some of these tips in advance and K-12 TechDecisions showcased our insights. Here are 4 best practices for creating safer schools, which we look forward to discussing more at SchoolDude University East.
1) Make safety plans available on smartphones: Move emergency plans and procedures from paper-based materials to mobile devices so individuals can access protocols and actionable steps immediately during a crisis.
2) Empower faculty and staff with training: Provide proper training to give individuals the know-how to properly handle emergency scenarios.
3) Customize mobile-enabled safety plans based on roles/responsibilities: Set up permissions to make sure only the right people are able to see plans on mobile devices, tailoring procedures to appropriate audiences, e.g., first responders, students, parents, staff.
4) Communicate mobile plans: Make sure that constituents are aware of the resources available to them so they can access mobile-enabled safety plans, receive text alerts and push notifications.