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The Dos & Don'ts of Effective School Door Locks

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

At the most basic level, a door lock really only needs to do one thing to be effective: prevent the door from being opened!

While this may seem like a low bar for success, it's true: a door lock should...well, lock doors. However, there are a number of different situations where you'd like your door locks to be capable of a little bit more. Securing doors in a school is one of those situations.

Unfortunately, today's schools need to worry about things like intruders, active shooters or lockdown situations. While we all wish these concerns never needed to enter the minds of today's educators, most schools are adopting a "better safe than sorry" approach that sees them upgrading their existing locks to something more robust.

Keeping unwanted intruders out remains the number-one priority of school door locks, but there are a few additional things that should be taken into consideration when upgrading to a new system.

Go beyond "just keep people out"

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Topics: school security systems, access control for schools, school access control, smart locks for schools

What the STOP School Violence Act Means for School Security Funding

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In late March of this year, the President of the United States signed the FY18 Omnibus Bill, a piece of legislation that provided $1.3 trillion of funding to keep the federal government running through the end of the fiscal year.

Like everything else in Washington these days, the bill was hotly contested. It was a massive bill, with numerous earmarks for everything from military installations to federal employment programs.

In all, $700 billion was budgeted for military use, while nearly $600 billion was allocated for use on domestic programs. Those are some big numbers!

Somewhat lost in the bitter political back-and-forth that followed the bill's passage was an important section on school security spurred by the tragic event in Parkland, Florida, back in February.

This section of the bill, and the $75 million in funding that comes with it, has the potential to have a sizable impact on the security of American schools.

What STOP means for school security grants, training and more

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Topics: school security systems, school security, school access control, government regulations, education

Pop Quiz: 3 Questions to Ask About Your School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Summer is slowly drawing to a close, and that means one thing: it's back-to-school time!

Many districts across the country have already resumed classes for the year, and the majority of those still on summer vacation will return to school after the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Back-to-school season is a time to stock up on supplies, sharpen those pencils, set up lesson plans and ensure that facilities are ready to handle another year's worth of activity.

However, back-to-school season is also the perfect time to reflect on and assess the state of an essential part of school operations: your school security system.

For most schools, decisions on capital expenses (like a new security system) are made in the late spring. However, that doesn't mean that taking a closer look at a security system should be limited to those spring months.

Back-to-school time is a season of the new: new students, new teachers, new staff members, new policies. 

This "newness" is a great way to assess the systems and procedures you already have in place, and to determine if there are areas in which you need to make improvements.

Acing this quiz helps lead to a safer, more secure school

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Topics: Visitor Management, access control for schools, school visitor management, lockdown, building security, school access control, school safety, school security, school security systems

5 Reasons to Invest in a School Access Control & Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Keeping students and staff safe at school is of the utmost importance. No school administrator wants any student, faculty member or staff member to feel unsafe at any point in the school day.

However, school security systems have a number of unique challenges.

  • There are a variety of different levels of personnel at schools, including administrators, teachers, janitors and substitute teachers, meaning there will be a number of different access rights.
  • Schools frequently welcome visitors of all kinds, each of whom presents unique challenges.
  • Modern security threats, including gun violence and terrorism, mean school security directors must constantly evolve.
  • School facilities can be extremely large and spread across multiple campuses, making them hard to manage.

With challenges like those listed above (and more), it's no wonder that even the idea of considering a school access control system is enough to make an administrator's head spin.

However, selecting a modern access control system for your school is one of the smartest investments an educational institution can make.

With budget season for schools in full swing, now is the time to consider bringing your security system into the modern age and creating a safer learning environment in the process.

It's time to modernize your school security system

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Topics: access control, access control software, school access control, access control for schools, school security systems

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