Educating Leaders on Hardening Schools

drug and gun free school zone sign at a school yard. sign of the times.

drug and gun free school zone sign at a school yard. sign of the times.

With appropriate attention and funding, public schools can conduct the security steps needed to stop intruders before they have an opportunity to commit violence. In fact, most security improvements to school facilities also aid in the reduction of school-based violence and assist authorities in the identification and containment of violence when it occurs.

The first step in the process is to formally assess each school facility because each facility is different. The Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education (the Alliance) organization has a list of no-cost safety and security facility assessments for K-12 public schools.

In addition to an assessment, each facility needs a security plan. No-cost planning guidelines are available through the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS K-12). Both assessments and plans should be conducted and developed by experts in critical infrastructure protection, in consultation with local law enforcement and local school leaders. Learn more here.