Research finds mixed picture for school security

Study assesses school security and safety procedures, plans and technology

The outlook wasn’t nearly so good for the usage of intrusion detection alarm systems. Some 42 percent said that the building either didn’t have an alarm system (38.7 percent) or that the alarm system wasn’t functioning (3.1 percent). On top of that, 35 percent said that common school areas like classrooms, offices and gathering areas did not have any sort of panic alarms.

School incident and crisis preparedness

Overall, though, the survey found that schools were doing a fairly good job at implementing security awareness and practices. Some of the highlights: almost half do period contraband searches. Almost all schools said they do some sort of lockdown drill practice regularly, and almost all said that staff receive continuous training on security and safety issues.

Another bright spot was crisis readiness. Roughly 81 percent of respondents nationally have written crisis procedures for security emergencies and environmental emergencies (e.g., fire, storms) and over 71 percent have crisis procedures also written for medical emergencies, with 50 percent having details that identify staff members ready to provide CPR, first aid and AED efforts.

More information:
AASA 2008 National School Safety Study (PDF document)
Ingersoll Rand online school security self-audit tool