Articles & News

The Role of Vape Sensors in Prevention Efforts to Address the Epidemic of Student E-Cigarette Use 

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | November 22, 2022

The U.S. Surgeon General declared youth e-cigarette use to be a public health epidemic in 2018. As but one of many examples of how pervasive and damaging the youth e-cigarette epidemic has been to our nation’s K12 schools, the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found that 27.5% of high school students (4.11 million) and 10.5% of middle school students (1.24 million) self-reported being current e-cigarette users.

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Welcome Jeremy Gulley, Our New PASS Board and Advisory Council Member

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | November 20, 2022
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Meet our newest PASS leader, Jeremy Gulley. Learn more about him and how he used the PASS Guidelines to improve safety and security in his school district.

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Don’t Fall Victim to Ransomware: Cybersecurity Best Practices to Follow Now

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | November 15, 2022

Cybersecurity threats such as ransomware attacks are a growing concern for K-12 schools nationwide. Learn how to protect your campus with insights from cybersecurity expert, Will Knehr.

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How Environmental Design Protects Your Students and Staff

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | October 25, 2022

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) can help reduce victimization, deter crime and reduce fears of a crime happening. Brian Erickson, principal at Davis Partnership Architects and PASS Advisory Council member, shares five principle strategies to implement now.

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Celebrate Safe Schools Week With a Preview of Our Revised Guidelines

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | October 14, 2022

As you commemorate the week by learning more about school safety and security, we want to offer you a preview of our newest edition of the PASS Safety and Security Guidelines.

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In the News: Advisory Council Chair Chuck Wilson a Guest on Knox® and Friends Podcast

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | October 13, 2022

PASS Advisory Council Chair Chuck Wilson was a guest on Conversations Beyond the Box, from the Knox® and Friends Podcast.

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Are You Prepared for Security Disasters on Your Campus?

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | September 27, 2022

When it comes to security disasters and other emergencies, are you prepared? September is National Preparedness Month—an excellent time to review the PASS Guidelines. But also why we want to highlight the work of one of our partners, the Security Industry Association (SIA). We interviewed Jake Parker about his role with the organization, how SIA helps its members prepare for security-related situations and more.

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How to Evaluate Your Duress Alarm Options

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | September 14, 2022

Let’s delve into the world of duress alarms, including Alyssa’s Laws dictating how much time first responders have to address an emergency on school campuses in each state and why it’s so important to have expert help when choosing a system for your school.

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Improving Access Control Takes Everyone, Especially You

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | August 25, 2022

Physical security consultant Paul Timm works with schools to reduce safety and security risks on their campuses to
encourage safer environments for learning. According to Timm, improving access control systems is critical to security planning and it involves the efforts of everyone—including you. Learn more about why.

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In the News: Uvalde school’s classroom doors lacked a basic security feature—and it’s missing across America

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | August 19, 2022

A recent NBC News article details how the classroom doors at Robb Elementary could not be locked from the inside. Learn more.

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