Students have started a new school year and are facing the many challenges still present with in-person learning amid a pandemic. One of the most important to address is how schools address student safety and health–both physical and mental. CDC research has already documented the negative effects COVID-19 has inflicted upon children’s mental well-being.
Schools that established health and safety policies and procedures before this academic year began are best poised to help protect their students’ well-being. But it’s not too late–as school leaders confront the evolving situation, security technology can help build an environment where students feel safe, comfortable, and confident, and where every person’s well-being is prioritized.
Integrating security technology doesn’t have to be a complex process. Keep reading for an easy-to-follow approach school leaders can use to identify and execute on opportunities for enhancing their students’ health and safety journey.
Step 1: Review the school environment
As students return to classrooms and hallways, administrators can begin by studying how students interact with the building and its occupants. Ask questions about every part of the journey, such as:
- How many steps does a student take between the front door and their classroom?
- Do they pass through any high-traffic areas?
- How many doors do they touch?
- Where and how do they engage with others throughout the day?
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