When thinking about all of the potential security risks that schools may encounter, it is crucial for maintenance crews to address possible threats so that they can be ready to mitigate emergencies.
By considering all of the things that could go awry within their schools and devising comprehensive plans to deal with these undesirable situations, these teams may get everyone - from students to administrators - on the same page, which would significantly increase their preparedness.
Unfortunately, there are too many news stories recounting incidents in which unauthorized persons have made their way into school buildings, putting students and staff members in danger. Although these cases can be disconcerting, you should view them as reminders of just how important it is to be proactive in securing your schools and their surrounding grounds.
Get your tech ready
One way to go about keeping your school safe is by installing sophisticated systems throughout your buildings and equipping your schools' staff with enhanced communication tools. For example, you could ensure that all of your doors lock from the outside, implementing a buzzer system at the main entrance to screen the people who want to enter your building before letting them inside.
Additionally, by adopting an emergency alert system that sends notifications through various channels - such as automated phone calls, text messages and emails - you may be able to inform school occupants and members of the community of any threats that have arisen. The key to these systems proving effective is testing them on a regular basis and making sure that they work so that you are not left in a bind in the event of an actual emergency. Planning these trials can be done effortlessly with a facility scheduling calendar, which will keep you on track with testing these technologies.
Ensure everyone is onboard
On top of the IT aspect of security, you should prepare an emergency response plan. The U.S. Department of Education explained that everyone should formulate extensive response plans to handle a variety of threats, assessing your schools to pinpoint the highest risks and coming up with procedures that address all of the problems that you could experience. After these have been drawn up, you need to ensure staff members are in the loop - even running drills so that everyone is ready to respond to any crisis.