Planning for Reopening: Considerations for Schools

States across the nation are beginning to plan for reopening businesses, houses of worship, and other venues. In many states, however, schools have committed to concluding the school year without returning to face-to-face instruction and the use of school facilities.

Re-Charge School Safety with a Mid-Year Review

As we approach this official halfway point of the 2019-20 school year, let’s consider some of these safety and security points to help ensure you are on target to meet your school safety goals.

Emergency Planning: Is Your School Prepared?

In October, the New Jersey Department of Education issued a broadcast memo to Chief School Administrators, Charter School, and Renaissance School Project Leads as a reminder of the requirement under N.J.A.C. 6A:16-5.1  that each  school district must have comprehensive safety and security plans which meet the minimum state requirements  to prevent, respond, and recover from emergencies and crises.  Additionally, the …

Time to renew school safety partnerships and enhance school climate

The school year is well underway, and teachers and students are settling into their schedules and routines. October is a great time to renew partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and review the roles and responsibilities that come with this important collaboration. Public school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, jointure commissions, educational services commissions, and approved private schools for students …

Back to School Safety Roles and Expectations

With the summer has come and gone,  it’s time for school to start again. Hopefully, you’ve done your best to prepare your facilities to welcome back your students and staff for a new year. This, however, does not simply mean preparing your curriculum and lesson plans,  you also need to ensure that students and staff know how to effectively respond …

School Safety: Back to School Checklist

Now, a few weeks into August, the start of the new school year fast approaches. In the remaining weeks of summer, there is still time to complete summer security tasks to prepare for a safe start. Building Maintenance Summertime in schools is a time for cleaning, maintenance, and construction that cannot be accomplished during the school year. This maintenance and …