Reduce security threats by improving school design and infrastructure. Improvements to security, including the use of deadbolt locks for certain doors, and greater control of entrances, exits, and external access can strengthen the security in your school.
Schools facilities are soft targets. Although our schools are filled with children, we often leave them vulnerable and exposed to external threats. School hardening can take several different forms, none of which is mutually exclusive. Structural improvements could include:
- Building front offices closer to entrances and creating vestibules where doors must be remotely unlocked before visitors can enter into the school;
- Erecting barriers around campuses and stadiums that prevent vehicles from being driven into crowds or students;
- That 90% of administrators are using practices relating to access control, such as screening visitors and 96% are locking doors.
- Practices relating to monitoring, such as CCTV cameras and hall passes, were reported less frequently (87.7 percent and 49.7 percent, respectively).
- The majority of administrators (93.8 percent) reported that metal detectors were “never” used in their schools.
- Law enforcement officers reported conducting personal searches on students more often with probable cause (81.4 percent) than without (71.2 percent).
- Teachers reported that “most” or “all” teachers at their school are assigned to monitor areas outside of their classroom during passing period (19.8 percent and 54.9 percent, respectively).