ZeroNow Launches ‘Path to Safer Schools’

ZeroNow recently announced the launch of the Path to Safer Schools, a holistic seven-step interactive guide to making schools safer. ZeroNow is a nonprofit organization of school safety experts dedicated to bringing the number of violent incidents in schools to zero.

“School Administrators are faced with the daunting task of assembling safety measures without a clear picture to serve as a guide — akin to assembling a puzzle without the top with a picture on the box.” said Ara Bagdasarian, Co-Founder of ZeroNow. “The Path to Safer Schools offers that missing image, giving a clear vision for safety with tools and resources from the ZeroNow community and our Partners. We want to convey a clear message that safe schools are possible.”

Last year, a multidisciplinary group came together at the ZeroNow Summit and Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, to refine critical elements of the Path and to answer the question, “What can we do to protect our schools?” This collaboration and exchange of ideas enabled ZeroNow to build the Path to Safer Schools into an online resource that provides critical steps to safeguard a school. Each step comes with easily accessible online resources that include video discussions, instructional material and a link for direct contact with experts. The guide and resources are available on the ZeroNow website at no charge.

“We boiled down loads of content into just seven steps, based on input from a range of professionals,” said ZeroNow Co-Founder Jeff McWeeney.“ Then, we designed a format that’s easy to understand, and apply. The Path represents a range of today’s most critical ideas, strategy, innovation, and expertise from multiple safety leaders, and technology partners.”

Explore the Path to Safer Schools:


  • Making Safety and Security Intrinsic to School Design

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  • Unlocking Peace of Mind

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  • Emerging Campus Access Control Solutions

    Emerging solutions in campus access control can mean different things. Usually, we expect the topic to focus on the very latest in door security products and solutions that have just been recently released or are about to be launched. After all, staying up on improvements to keep campuses safer is critical. Plus, it’s always interesting and exciting to learn what’s new and how innovations are going to better protect lives and assets and help the industry be even more successful. Read Now

  • Here’s How Instructional Audio Can Play a Key Role in School Safety

    Ensuring the safety of students and employees is critical in today’s educational environment. While the threat of a school shooting is in the back of everyone’s mind, the truth is there are many possible scenarios that could crop up at any time in classrooms, hallways, and other school spaces—from fights or altercations to a sick child or staff member who requires emergency attention. Read Now