Helping School Districts Move Forward After Tragedy

HelpingSchoolDistrictsIn fall 2013, the Littleton Public School District (Colorado), with great support from the community, passed an $80 million bond election for capital improvements. Immediately following the bond election, Littleton Public Schools Security Department personnel began planning to implement their portion of the bond funds, which was about $7.5 million. Its security team’s journey toward security technology and infrastructure is a good example for other school systems to follow.

On Dec. 13, 2013, Littleton Public Schools suffered a fatal shooting at Arapahoe High School. The attack lasted only 80 seconds, but left one student fatally injured and the assailant dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Although many of the events that happened that day proved that the security systems and procedures in place at Arapahoe High School helped minimize loss of life and injuries, there were also lessons learned that would motivate the district to seek solutions moving forward.

Guy Grace, the director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools and PASS K-12 steering committee member, shares how the PASS recommendations not only helped justify the funding and deployments that were being done, but also inspired thoughts on how to deploy the technology for multiple uses, such as utilizing mass notification and integrating PASS into a security system. As a result, the installations in 2016 and 2017 not only met and exceeded all expectations, but were also on budget and on time. The PASS recommendations also helped the Littleton Public School District win an Industry Security Innovation Award in 2016. Learn more about how PASS helped the school district gets its security on track.