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Why Lockdown Drills Are So Important

By Partner Alliance for Safer Schools | March 21, 2022

Lockdown drills improve preparedness for students and staff. Learn more about why lockdown drills are so important and what questions you should ask about your school’s lockdown drill procedures.

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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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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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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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Exploring School Security 20 Years After Columbine

By Kara Klein | September 20, 2019

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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