When you talk to people about school safety, you hear one phrase repeated over and over and over again, as if parents and teachers, architects and security guards, academics, and safety experts have all read the same book or sat in the same seminar: “We don’t want our schools to feel like prisons.”
There is something disconcerting about needing security cameras, panic buttons, and armed officers at schools. But if they’re used to guard banks and stadiums and museums and subways and movie theaters, experts say, shouldn’t they also be used to protect our children?
Littleton Public School (LPS) District has 22 schools spanning 28 square miles. From their headquarters in an administration building, LPS’s security team can view live video and audio, see which doors are locked or open, and remotely trigger lockdown alarms for any school. In an emergency, the local police departments can also access the district’s cameras and maps to get information about what’s going on. Littleton’s technology lets Director of Security Guy Grace and his team know what’s happening at any school instantly, and communicate to administrators and first responders.
“To an outsider, they might say we’re making it like a prison,” receptionist Margie Mutmansky says. “But what we’re doing is allowing the children inside to have their freedom. We’re allowing them to not live in fear.”
Read the entire article here, and find out what you can learn from the security being implemented by the Littleton Public School district.