Enhancing Safety and Security at Your School
Across the country, communities and first responders are concerned about the vulnerability and the potential for violence.
Across the country, communities and first responders are concerned about the vulnerability and the potential for violence. How can we protect the very places that are meant to educate, inspire, challenge, and comfort our youngest generations?
With every tragedy sparked by violence, school leaders increasingly feel the urgency to prevent threats, secure their facilities, and protect their students, faculty, and staff. Referred to as facility hardening, school safety improvements and modern security measures require design teams to evaluate the risks and threats that make schools susceptible.
CSArch works hand-in-hand with specialized security consultants to provide intelligent security solutions for campuses and sites, building perimeters, and school building interiors. Together, we develop and implement safety and security measures to address and mitigate the growing safety concerns that school district’s face today.
While each school presents a unique case, there are several common strategies that school districts should consider. Here are a few of the ways schools can enhance the safety and security of their facilities.
Security Through Architecture
Separate student and visitor building entrances, with active security measures, to control entry to a building.
Unencumbered visibility for administrators situated near or at entrances.
Clear paths and site lines within buildings to achieve 100% visibility to guarantee a potential attacker will have nowhere to hide.
Balance of clear glazing at classrooms and sufficient space within the classroom to tuck away.
Situational awareness is an imperative skillset when it comes to safety, as students and staff must understand their surroundings and feel confidently prepared. It could be as simple as knowing how to get out of a building during an emergency, or as complex as what to do if someone starts shooting a gun. We work with school districts to develop training and education on situational awareness for all faculty, staff and students.
As education design experts, CSArch has teamed with security experts to develop diligent solutions to monitor and address concerns with students and staff on an ongoing basis. Together, we provide intelligent security solutions for K-12 school campuses and sites. Alongside our school district clients, we also work with local authorities and educate them on the active security measures and plans our schools utilize to keep our students as safe as possible.