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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, Vice Chairman, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | 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, Vice Chairman, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | 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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The Case for Proven School Security Investments

By gkohl | October 21, 2018

In her article “Use Common Sense When Purchasing Campus Security Technology” for Campus Safety Magazine, editor Robin Hattersley-Gray makes the case for why the latest gadgets and products with buzz might not be the smartest investments. As Hattersley-Gray writes on October 8, 2018, “In my line of work, I see a lot of security technology…

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PASS Guidelines referenced in Popular Mechanics magazine article on school security

PASS Referenced in The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools

By gkohl | September 3, 2018

Attacks in our schools seem to be occurring with more frequency and with higher intensity. But the response among political and school-district leaders has often been confused and often been understandably inconsistent. Schools are not, in fact, more common targets for mass shootings than other public venues. But, as free and open places for learning,…

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How Technology Keeps Our Students Safe

By gkohl | July 19, 2018

The PASS Guidelines feature prominently in three recent articles published by Media Planet in a special insert to the USA Today newspaper. As the article, “How Technology Helps Keep Our Students Safe,” begins, “On any given day in Colorado’s Littleton Public Schools, more than 200 employees use unified security technology to help keep students, teachers, and staff…

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Safe and Sound Schools State of School Safety Report 2018

PASS Partner Organization Safe and Sound Schools Releases 2018 School Safety Report

By gkohl | April 2, 2018

Safe and Sound Schools—founded by PASS steering committee member Michele Gay—recently released its 2018 report on the State of School Safety. To gather the data, an online survey was used to explore perceptions of school safety among four groups: Parents of students Students (middle school or high school) Educators Public This 40-page report shares perspectives and trends…

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