In a global crisis, one key area organizations should consider evaluating is their security strategies, policies, and procedures. Existing security systems and new innovations can help mitigate risks during future crises and, in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, help reduce the spread of germs. For many districts, school security systems can help establish safer and healthier environments for students, staff, and visitors in schools—and should be updated to continue doing so.
At first, the process and price tag of updating school security systems and policies can be overwhelming, but government and private funds have been established to support initiatives like security enhancement. School leaders must push to find and leverage these opportunities to create a more innovative and proactive security program, especially by focusing on these three improvement areas:
Seamless interoperable communications
In an emergency, quick and efficient communication can make a difference and ultimately save lives. An interoperable communications platform is a critical component of any security strategy, especially in K-12 and higher education schools.