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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 SchoolSafety.gov

By Kara Klein | February 13, 2020

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 guidelines as a recommended resource for developing and implementing plans for physical security in schools.

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Exploring School Security 20 Years After Columbine

By Kara Klein | September 20, 2019
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Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) Chairman Guy Grace, who serves as director of security and emergency planning at Littleton Public Schools, was featured in Mediaplanet’s September 2019 School Readiness campaign sharing key school security and safety lessons we have learned since Columbine.

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5 Reasons Schools Should Avoid Classroom Barricade Devices

By Mark Williams | September 9, 2019

Most K-12 security experts and school safety organizations – including the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) – oppose the use of “barricade devices,” also known as “door blockers” or “secondary locking devices,” for five critical reasons.

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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

Explore observations on what worked well and some of the shortcomings evident during active threat incidents, along with best practice recommendations that align with the PASS Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools.

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PASS Guidelines Recognized by State, Federal School Safety Commissions

By Mark Williams | March 8, 2019

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.

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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
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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 and enhancing the safety of school environments.

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