Six Steps to a Smart and Secure SchoolThursday, February 15, 2018
The past year saw many bone-chilling events taking place in the schools of our country. The tragic events have brought to light the serious security lapses and lack of preparedness on the part of school administrators. The threats are many: bunking, bullying, violence, drugs, sexual assault… the list is ever-growing. Is your school prepared?
Here is a list of things you can do to make your school safe and secure.
- Pay attention to physical security
- Make sure that fences, cameras and security guards are in ample number. Provide lighting at every corner, ensuring that there is no dark nook or corner left in the school. Emergency power backup should be in place to ensure that there are no lapses in technical security arrangements. Employ attendants in every toilet for extra safety of students.
- Form a crises management team
- In an emergency, response time matters the most. Every member of the team can perform his/her pre-allocated role, thereby preventing chaos during an emergency. Basic disaster prevention and crises management tactics should be included in the curriculum for students, to make them prepared for emergencies in life as well. Fire and safety drills should also be conducted at regular intervals.
- Set up a communication system
- Communication is crucial for coordination during any crisis situation. Equip your security and management team with two-way radios and smartphones with access to student data and emergency contact numbers.
- Verify your staff
- Run background checks and get your staff verified by the police. You wouldn’t want the protectors turning into assailants.
- Adopt a visitor management system
- Paper logs are outdated and inaccurate – sometimes even illegible! Employ electronic visitor management and access control procedures for enhanced security and records.
- Implement regular counseling sessions for students
- Train your teachers to identify students who are stressed, depressed, aggressive, disturbed or need help and send them for regular counseling sessions.
All said and done, improved security should not encroach on children’s freedom and confidence, making them feel like prisoners. It should instead make students feel safe and free from impending dangers.