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Classroom security: What you should (not) do
Classroom security: What you should (not) do

Safe School Week will be a national observation during the third week in October (19-25). One study, “On the Importance of a Safe School and Classroom Climate for Student Achievement…


Campus Counts thinks outside the campus security box
Campus Counts thinks outside the campus security box

One of the most challenging aspects of being a school administrator is addressing the ongoing concerns about safety and security for the students and staff. When I moved into my…


SROs: A great investment in campus safety
SROs: A great investment in campus safety

One of the best security measures any district can employ is a school resource officer (SRO)--a trained police officer assigned to a campus. If an emergency strikes, the officer is…


Let everyone know it’s just a drill
Let everyone know it’s just a drill

I’ve used this blog several times to urge schools to have an emergency plan in place and then practice it again and again. The plan should cover...


Buses need security, too
Buses need security, too

School buses are often a likely place for assaults, bullying, and vandalism to occur. In a Chicago suburb, a 3-year-old, hearing-impaired girl was allegedly assaulted on a school bus on…


Campus recovering after massacre
Campus recovering after massacre

It’s been more than five years now since a 16-year-old student at Red Lake High School in Minnesota shot and killed his grandfather and the grandfather’s girlfriend. He then took…


Work with staff, parents, and students
Work with staff, parents, and students

Not long ago, the decision by a Northeastern school district to install security cameras in two high schools without any announcement to parents, faculty, staff or students stirred up a…


Think outside the box: Doing more with less, Part 2
Think outside the box: Doing more with less, Part 2

In my last blog, I wrote about the massive budget deficits facing most school districts, making it vital that everyone learn to do more with less. Yet, at the same…


Think outside the box: Find ways to do more with less
Think outside the box: Find ways to do more with less

Is it possible to maintain a strong security posture while spending no more or even less on security equipment and services? It is possible. But it will take careful planning…


Schools see the value of cameras
Schools see the value of cameras

More and more school districts are seeing the value of camera systems in helping to protect campuses. There is a reason districts across the country are turning to video surveillance,…


Keep after-school events safe
Keep after-school events safe

The start of a new high school football season is a reason to celebrate–but it also is a time for administrators to be on guard against those who find the…


More schools take security seriously
More schools take security seriously

As we enter a new school year, I'm happy to see several districts spent the summer making investments in keeping their students, faculty and staff safer. One New Mexico district…


Train and maintain
Train and maintain

One of the more confusing stories I’ve read lately comes from East St. Louis, Ill., where burglars have taken more than $1 million in...


Copper thieves continue to strike
Copper thieves continue to strike

Schools are not immune. I recently wrote about an Oklahoma district hard hit by thieves taking or gutting…


Good advice for campus administrators and law enforcement

The recently released report, Campus Security Guidelines: Recommended Operational Policies for Local and Campus Law Enforcement Agencies, prepared by the Major Cities Chiefs of Police Association, contains some valuable information.…


We owe our students more
We owe our students more

Once a student becomes a victim of a school crime, he or she becomes more aware of…


Detroit’s commitment to school security
Detroit’s commitment to school security

The Detroit Public Schools is moving briskly forward with plans to spend nearly...


Great cooperation between school and law enforcement officials
Great cooperation between school and law enforcement officials

School and law enforcement officials in Central Florida’s Volusia County are to be commended for their efforts to…


Handcuffs for first graders?
Handcuffs for first graders?

How far can a school go in disciplining students? Twenty states have laws permitting…


Schools: Protect yourselves
Schools: Protect yourselves

Here’s another story that leaves me shaking my head. A Midwestern school district has reported…


Don’t ‘pass the trash’
Don’t ‘pass the trash’

An investigation in 2008 by the state of Oregon found that 47 schools in the state had made a “pass the trash” deal over the previous five years. "Pass the…


Safe passages
Safe passages

Chicago has had major problems with gangs attacking people throughout the city, including school kids going to and from school each day. I’m sure many of us remember the terrible…


Let cops carry the guns
Let cops carry the guns

One thing that still surprises me is the number of states willing to allow college and university students to carry concealed weapons on campus. More than 30 years in law…


What price on student safety?
What price on student safety?

One of the most important security measures any district can employ is a program in which…


Cameras up North
Cameras up North

Although security cameras in schools raise staff and student privacy issues, they can be highly beneficial when it comes to...

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