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How to Set Up a School Safety and Security Plan in Four Steps

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | January 31, 2022

While school safety and security is a complex issue, formulating a comprehensive school security plan doesn’t have to be. Here’s how to set up a school security plan in four steps.

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Working to the Left of X: How Schools Can Be Proactive in Safety and Security

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | January 22, 2022

Frank Kitzerow, president of the National Association of School and Campus Police Chiefs (NASCPC), talks about ways schools can strategize about worst-case scenarios.

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PASS Issues Statement on Classroom Door Barricade Devices

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | January 21, 2022
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In late 2021, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) released a statement on classroom door barricade devices, which shares details on why using these devices provides a false perception of safety.

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How to Work with Schools to Integrate PASS Guidelines

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | December 30, 2021

Meet Scott Lord, a self-proclaimed “code junky” and life safety integrator since 1999. Lord currently works as a solutions consultant for Electronic Consulting Company (ECC) and serves on the 730/731 technical committee for the National Fire Protection Association. He’s also one of PASS’s founding members and serves on the advisory council.

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What Fire Safety Reform Can Teach Us

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | December 6, 2021

The Our Lady of the Angels school fire of 1958 inspired fire safety reform in schools nationwide. What other reforms could enhance school safety and security today?

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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

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 industry sectors.

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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

The Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program’s document, “10 Essential Actions to Improve School Safety,” is available for free download.

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Caution Needed on Fever Screening Technologies

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | May 6, 2020

Thermal imaging solutions are being considered as a possible means for screening people entering schools for fever, which is a measurable symptom of COVID-19; however, safety practitioners should proceed with caution before deploying these solutions and use this guide to aid their decision process.

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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.

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PASS K-12 School Safety & Security Guidelines Endorsed by

By Kara Klein | February 13, 2020 – 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 guidelines as a recommended resource for developing and implementing plans for physical security in schools.

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