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Partner Alliance for Safer Schools Releases 2020 Update to Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | October 19, 2020

Fifth-Edition Guidelines Expanded to Address Evolving Security Challenges Facing Today’s Schools The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) has released the fifth edition of its Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools, which offers the most comprehensive information available on nationwide best practices specifically for securing school facilities, from subject matter experts across the education, public safety and…

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PASS Guidelines Among Department of Justice COPS’ Recommendations for Reducing School Violence

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | October 1, 2020

As many schools and districts return to the classroom after months of remote learning, there is a renewed focus on school safety. Yes, a school safety strategy now includes COVID-19 related policies, but it’s mission-critical to continue to focus on physical security and preventing school violence. The Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)…

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Caution Needed on Fever Screening Technologies

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | May 6, 2020

As educators across the world adapt their curricula to enable learning opportunities for students quarantined at home, those responsible for safety and security are planning for the eventual return of students to their schools. That planning now includes the challenge of protecting students, faculty and staff against the spread of infectious diseases – in particular,…

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PASS Recommendations for Appropriate Drills: Why They Are Essential to Every School Safety Program

By Guy Grace, Chairman, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS); Mark Williams, Vice Chairman, PASS; and Mark Berger, Chairman, ASIS School Safety and Security Council | April 6, 2020

Creating a safe environment so children and educators can focus on learning is the goal of school security and safety professionals. Drills and exercises are part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring a safe learning environment, and our best practices should reflect this. Drills are common in the school environment, whether in language or math…

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PASS K-12 School Safety & Security Guidelines Endorsed by SchoolSafety.gov

By Kara Klein | February 13, 2020

SchoolSafety.gov – the new school safety website from four U.S. federal government agencies – highlights the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools’ guidelines. SchoolSafety.gov – the newly launched school safety website from the U.S. departments of Education, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security and Justice – features the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) school security…

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Exploring School Security 20 Years After Columbine

By Kara Klein | September 20, 2019

School is back in session, and in the 20 years after the tragic shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, there have been many other incidents in schools across the country and schools are still challenged to effectively protect students, faculty, staff and visitors. Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) Chairman Guy Grace, who…

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5 Reasons Schools Should Avoid Classroom Barricade Devices

By Mark Williams | September 9, 2019

Following high-profile attacks on our nation’s schools, it’s instinctive to want to do everything possible that could protect students and teachers from being in the line of fire; however, the need to act urgently, combined with limited information and available funding, can lead to choices that may solve one problem but inadvertently create others. It’s…

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What Works in Active Threat Incidents: Best Practices for the K-12 Environment

By Guy Grace, Chairman, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | March 14, 2019

Updated July 25, 2019 As a school security professional for more than 30 years, I have responded to many kinds of emergencies and situations. School districts face safety and security challenges that are multifaceted and complex and must be prepared to address a full range of situations that pose risks to students and staff, including…

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PASS Guidelines Recognized by State, Federal School Safety Commissions

By Mark Williams | March 8, 2019

Over the past few months, the PASS Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools have been recognized by policymakers and subject matter experts at the state and federal levels. One of several key recommended uses for the guidelines is to assist in the establishment of recommendations as many communities seek to establish baseline standards or…

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Partner Alliance for Safer Schools Releases New Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools

By Kara Klein | December 5, 2018

Fourth-Edition Guidelines Expanded to Address Growing Security Challenges Facing Today’s Schools The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) has released the fourth edition of its Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools, which provides school administrators, school boards and public safety and security professionals with guidelines for implementing a layered and tiered approach to securing…

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