Top Stories


school closed washington

Will School Closures Help Prevent Spread of Coronavirus? CDC Guidelines Say It’s Unlikely

Education officials say they are confused by competing guidance coming from the CDC and The White House, some of which states that temporary school closures will do little to contain the spread of COVID-19.

coronavirus cleaning

Does ‘Deep Cleaning’ Schools Help Prevent Coronavirus Spread? Experts Debate

While schools want to take action to keep students and staff safe from contracting COVID-19, public health officials say there is very little evidence that the virus is spread through contaminated surfaces.



florida state capitol building

Florida School Safety Legislation Dies On Last Day of Session

Amid coronavirus fears and budget debates, the House and Senate could not come together to finalize updates to Florida’s school safety laws.

Florida flag

School Safety Bill Passes Florida House With Amendment Addressing Child Arrests

The unanimously passed amendment came after a 6-year-old was arrested in Orlando for misdemeanor battery.

tony evers

Wisconsin Governor Signs Three Student Safety Bills Into Law

The legislation addresses the use of seclusion and restraints in schools, suicide prevention hotlines on IDs and a new mental health pilot program.

greg abbott

Texas Governor Announces Effort to Survey Educators on School Safety Needs

500,000 educators will have the opportunity to weigh in on mental health, violence in schools and what they need to make their schools safer.

Teachers’ Unions Say Active Shooter Drills Need Reform to Protect Student Mental Health

The AFT and NEA have released a paper stating that they do not recommend shooter drills and issued six key guidelines for districts that continue to conduct the drills.

penn capitol

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Debate Governors Proposal to Severely Cut School Safety Grant Program

Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed cutting available school security grant funding from $60 million to $15 million, a move that has earned criticism from Republicans.

ucla sign

UCLA Abandons Plans To Use Facial Recognition On Campus After Students Voice Concerns

The university publicly disclosed that it was considering adding facial recognition software to its security operations, but backed away from the proposal after students and faculty voiced their opposition.

CSLS Dallas Hill

School Security Professionals Gather in Dallas For 2020 Campus Security & Life Safety Summit

Campus security leaders from Dallas-area school districts and universities presented on topics ranging from access control to preparing for an active shooter on campus.

kentucky capitol

Kentucky Governor Signs Law Requiring School Officers to Carry a Gun

The new measure, which goes into effect immediately, amends previously passed legislation meant to improve statewide school safety.

Florida flag

Florida Senate Committee Prepares To Introduce New Version of School Safety Legislation

The committee removed a measure to allow districts to assign expelled students to pre-arrest diversion programs, but kept requirements for sheriff’s offices and school guardian training.

dallas skyline

Vast Majority of School Districts in Dallas-Fort Worth Unaware of Federal School Security Grants

A report by CBS 11 found that only five districts in North Texas had applied for the Department of Justice grants, mostly because administrators did not know about the funding.

school bus line

Safety Groups Push For Legislation Increasing Oversight On Alcohol, Drug Use by School Bus Drivers

After an investigation found that there is little policy in place to prevent bus drivers from driving while under the influence, advocates are pushing for legislative action.

Advocacy Groups Sign Letter Supporting Bans of Facial Recognition on Campus

After gaining support from civil liberties groups, activists are planning a national campus day of action in March focused on campus use of facial recognition.

Federal Government Launches School Safety Resource Website

The new website was created in response to a recommendation from the Federal Commission on School Safety created by President Trump in 2018.

Colorado courtroom

Accused Shooter at STEM School Highland Ranch in Denver Pleads Guilty to Murder

The 16-year-old assailant, who took part in a shooting that killed one student and injured eight others, will face a minimum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Broward Sheriff

Florida Educators Concerned Over High Number of False Tips Coming Through School Safety App

State lawmakers are introducing legislation to allow law enforcement to track IP addresses and prosecute fake tipsters.

Texas School For The Deaf To Use Custom Apps For Emergency Notification and Anonymous Reports

The technology will allow staff and faculty to communicate during an emergency as well as respond to reports from students about mental health issues or school threats.

New Mexico Bill Would Require School Resource Officers To Receive De-escalation Training

The legislation comes as a response to an incident involving a sheriff’s deputy tasing a special education student last year.

student with head in hands

States Using Tiplines For School Attack Threats Discover Depth of Teen Suicide Epidemic

School districts are finding that tiplines and software meant to detect students discussing potential attacks are allowing police to intervene in suicide attempts and self-harm.

colorado bus

Douglas County, Site of STEM School Highlands Ranch Shooting, Approves Millions in School Safety Funding

County commissioners are putting the funding toward physical security improvements and some mental health programming.

pride rock residence hall

Two Fatally Shot, One Wounded at Texas A&M University-Commerce Residence Hall

All classes have been canceled at Texas A&M-Commerce through Monday evening as a result of an incident at one of the university’s residence halls, university officials said.

Message Received

Message Received

There is little debate as to whether the introduction of new emergency communications technologies have changed the industry for the better.

On The Move

On The Move

The University of Oklahoma has a history of evolving alongside technology.

Saving Lives

Saving Lives

Information is key during a campus emergency. Injuries and damages from events, such as active shooters, fires, chemical spills and severe weather, can soar if a campus lacks a proper emergency notification system (ENS).

Safeguarding Your Athletic Fields

Safeguarding Your Athletic Fields

When I was a kid I would often head to the schoolyard after class for a pickup game of baseball or soccer.

Eight Times the Power

Eight Times the Power

Many of us may have 4K television sets in our homes that look incredible compared to previous generation HD sets.

All Too Common

As of July 2019, there were 22 school shootings in the United States in which someone was hurt or killed.

The Fast Pace of Campus Security

The Fast Pace of Campus Security

Keeping up with the fast pace of New York City can be a difficult task for some schools.

Featured

Webinars