Security Assessments in Schools

Evaluating threats, assets and vulnerabilities

With over 300 U.S. school shootings reported over the past three years, and COVID-19 becoming a greater threat every day, schools are working harder and harder to secure their campuses and keep their students and faculties safe. In today's uncertain times, keeping a vigilant eye on your organization's security operations is not only necessary, it's essential!

No matter the size of the campus, all schools and universities carry the same number of risk "layers". Each of these layers has different safety considerations, depending on its access to the public, student capacity, and several other factors. The four essential layers to consider when securing your private school campus are:

  • Perimeter Protection
  • Building Protection
  • Common Areas
  • Restricted Areas

From students and parents to faculty and staff, every department of your organization has its own unique set of safety concerns, and addressing these concerns with a security assessment is crucial to the health of your organization. While parents may emphasize privacy, staff and faculty might be looking for fewer interruptions so they can focus more energy on students. And, from an administrator’s perspective, mitigating risk and liability are always the top priorities. Understanding how each of these stakeholders interacts with the various security layers in your organization can help to determine what systems to invest in.

To learn more about how security assessments can help you define and understand your organization's stakeholders, download our white paper on Security Assessment in Private & Public Schools.

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