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

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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PASS Guidelines Among Department of Justice COPS’ Recommendations for Reducing School Violence

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

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

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.

5 Reasons Schools Should Avoid Classroom Barricade Devices

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

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.

PASS Guidelines Recognized by State, Federal School Safety Commissions

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.