Conducting threat assessments by the book may be a violation of students civil rights.

Events like Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and Columbine have educators thinking about how to stop these events from occurring in the future.  One such solution that should be incorporated into every school district’s emergency plan is Threat Assessments.  But doing it by the book may just be a violation of students civil rights. Assess Everything Read more about Conducting threat assessments by the book may be a violation of students civil rights.[…]

Are deadbolts too dangerous for schools? We think so.

Let’s face it, the events at Sandy Hook (and now San Bernardino – Dec. 2015) are tragic at best and a reminder that the human spirit can unleash horrific brutality among its own kind. In light of this event many of our schools are asking what to do to safeguard its students. The first thing Read more about Are deadbolts too dangerous for schools? We think so.[…]

The 8 most common CSSP mistakes

It’s that time of year again, when schools in California plan for emergencies and start to update their Comprehensive School Safety Plans. CSSP’s are public documents which means that they must be available for the public to view at any time.  What that really means is that the CSSP needs to be carefully crafted to Read more about The 8 most common CSSP mistakes[…]

Is lockable door hardware required on school classroom doors?

One of the issues that came out of the Columbine tragedy was the inability to lock classroom doors from the interior.  The major premise behind not providing lockable door hardware has been concerns over fire hazards, child molestation, egress and the like. With the introduction and chapter of AB 211 in 2009, lockable door hardware Read more about Is lockable door hardware required on school classroom doors?[…]

Can we lock our classroom doors during school hours?

There are many reasons why you may wish to lock your school classroom doors during the school day.  And there are just as many reasons why you shouldn’t. If you have read the article “Is lockable door hardware required on school classroom doors?” then you may already know that all new construction is going to Read more about Can we lock our classroom doors during school hours?[…]

Do I need to fingerprint and background contractors and volunteers who work in schools?

There is always a controversy around fingerprinting employees and volunteers that work in schools.  Let’s face it, you need to do it.    California Education Code governs the fingerprinting of those who work and volunteer in schools.  AB 1025 of 2009/2010 solidified the issue of fingerprinting by requiring it for certain volunteers, but still missed a Read more about Do I need to fingerprint and background contractors and volunteers who work in schools?[…]