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New technologies: Kindergarten students smile when playing toy in class

5 New Technologies That Enhance School Safety and Security

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | March 10, 2022

Our kids will spend an average of 15,538 hours over their K-12 experience inside a school building. Making that building safe and secure isn’t just about active shooter events. When it comes to safety and security, our school systems face very unique threats. Learn about five new technologies that can help make a difference.

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5 Questions Everyone Should Ask About School Safety and Security

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | February 21, 2022

After every school shooting, organizations like PASS and Safe and Sound Schools continue to work behind the scenes to keep schools safe, even after media coverage has stopped. But to have the greatest impact, the entire community has to work together. Learn more about what you can do to take an active role in school safety and security.

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School Security Plan: High School Students Sitting At Desks In Classroom Working

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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Left of X: Happy diverse school children students building robotic cars using computer

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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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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