School violence is a stark reminder of the reality our students live in today. As headlines keep rolling in, and as lawmakers are urged to act in the interest of student safety, many school leaders are left wondering how to keep their buildings and students secure.
It seems as if there isn’t a single district or school that hasn’t dealt with lockdown drills, school shootings, threats of violent school incidents, or worries about students self-harming.
School leaders are working to identify the biggest threats to a safe and secure learning environment. Solutions often include those that address both physical safety and online security, keeping networks secure and monitoring student activity for alarming or worrisome information.
“Student safety is the most important thing to us,” says Ross Randall, director of technology in the Lamar County School District. “When students are here with us, that’s the most important thing. If they don’t feel safe, they’re not going to learn. It’s important for us to provide physical security and mental security.”
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