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New Hampshire Continues to Boost Funding for School Safety Enhancements

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 5, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The state of New Hampshire is known for a number of different things.

The first Presidential Primary of the American election season takes place every four years in the Granite State. New Hampshire's White Mountains are home to some of the most popular ski resorts in the northeast. In New England, New Hampshire is known as the state with no sales tax, making it a popular shopping destination.

These days, New Hampshire is becoming known for something else: being a state that is fully committed to funding the security needs of all of its schools.

Last year, the Granite State set aside nearly $19 million in funding for security and quality of education improvements at its schools. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, that money was used to fund nearly 200 different projects across the state.

And while that budget figure was impressive, New Hampshire wasn't done.

A commitment to secure as many schools as possible

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Topics: school security systems, access control for schools, grant funding, school security, school safety

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

"Why Bother?" How to Get the Internal Buy-In For a School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Every school administrator has a vested interest in making his or her school or school district as secure as possible.

Besides the obvious reason of wanting students and staff to be safe at all times, no administrator wants to look like he or she was caught unprepared in the event of an incident.

Oftentimes the people "on the ground," so to speak, are aware of the shortcomings of school infrastructure, whether those shortcomings are outdated security equipment or leaky spots in the roof.

These people see, experience and are inconvenienced by these shortcomings and issues on a daily basis, coming to and leaving from the building or campus.

If you tell these people that an issue needs to be fixed, chances are they're already well aware.

However, in today's school districts, there's usually an off-site entity making decisions on large purchases, whether it's a county education chair, superintendent of schools or the head of a school board for a town. 

These people aren't likely to be as familiar with a school's security needs as the students, teachers and staff.

This means that when they see "new school access control system" for Johnson Elementary School on the budget request form, they're going to need some convincing to sign on the dotted line.

Help the higher-ups understand the need behind the need

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Topics: access control, access control for schools, education, building security, school security, school security systems

3 Must-Have Features for an Effective School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Whether you're at a factory or a multi-family building, security is security. Your goal is to protect people and property, keep threats out and minimize risk.

The idea behind a security and access control system is safety, regardless of the site.

However, it goes without saying that different kinds of sites are going to have different needs. For example, a military base is going to require a little more security than a suburban office building.

Several industries have niche needs as well, including the education market.

Schools face unique challenges when it comes to security. Administrators must consider both internal and external threats, keeping children and staff safe while also ensuring that the school remains a positive learning environment.

Supply theft, sprawling campuses, unauthorized visitors, threats of violence...all of these are things schools need to consider when looking for the right security system.

Fortunately, a good school access control system is able to take all of the above into consideration.

Finding the right system is all about doing your homework

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Topics: access control, access control for schools, access control software, school security, school security systems, lockdown, dynamic mapping

5 Ways an Access Control System Can Help Increase Safety in Schools

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 2, 2016 3:00:00 PM

In a perfect world, schools would be places where teachers could focus on educating young minds and students could focus on learning, unbothered by external threats or concerns.

Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world.

Today, having a plan for school security is of the utmost importance, whether at a neighborhood elementary school or a sprawling college campus.

We've touched on school security before, discussing how Visitor Management helps make schools safer by keeping certain threats outside. 

However, there's another way to increase safety in schools, keeping threats out and monitoring potential threats inside: installing an access control system.

How does access control lead to a safer school?

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Topics: access control, building access control, school safety, school security, building security, PremiSys NDE

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