Raising the Bar in School Security

Each school day, our nation’s schools are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for approximately 55 million elementary and secondary students in public and nonpublic schools.  Families and communities expect schools to keep their children and safe from all threats including human-caused emergencies such as crimes of violence.  In collaboration with local government and community stakeholders, schools can take steps to plan and prepare to mitigate these threats.  Every school Emergency Operating Procedure (EOP) should include courses of action that will describe how students and staff can most effectively respond to an Active Shooter situation to minimize the loss of life, and teach and train on these practices.  No single response fits all active shooter situations however, making sure each individual knows his or her options for response and can react decisively will save valuable time.


Since Jefferson founded public education for the citizens of the United States, schools have been charged with the safety of children in their care – a duty to protect. Teachers and administrators have a responsibility to anticipate potential dangers and to take precautions to protect their students from those dangers.


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If a school district fails its duty to protect students from injury and an appropriate standard of care was not used, the district can be found negligent. The standard of care is not a statute or regulation that can be pointed to and expounded upon. The standard of care is a concept that is argued in courtrooms requiring school districts to answer questions like:

1.  Did you comply with federal & state recommendations?
2.  Is your policy consistent with comparable schools?
3.  Did you comply with your own stated policy?

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If your K-12 school’s only response is Lockdown . . . you’re at odds with the US Department of Education.

In its 2007 publication, the US Department of Education’s guidance for active shooter response was limited to lockdown-only approach that included students hiding under desk or against walls.  Some of these techniques originated during the cold war as a method of protection from a nuclear threat.

In 2013, the US Department of Education spent considerable resources researching active shooting events. Their findings have resulted in a change in guidance. ALICE Training protocols are used almost exclusively in all new guidance. Following current federal and state recommendations is a major step in limiting a school district’s liability by demonstrating they have met today’s standard of care.


Certify your School. Show your Parents, your Community you care.

A 2015 Gallup poll results show that three in 10 U.S. Parents worry about their children’s safety at school. The most horrifying acts of violence at U.S. schools can leave temporary impressions on parents’ psyches. The early 2000’s, which were just as much to post 9/11 years as they were the post-Columbine years, ranked high for parental anxiety about school security.

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Teach kids about school security without making them scared.

You can teach children about school security without scaring them – You just need to know how. Young people are at risk of assault, abduction, and abuse even in caring families, schools, and communities. Skills and knowledge are the keys to keeping kids safe. The good news is that there are simple and effective ways of teaching children how to protect themselves that will work most of the time.



News Highlights – K-12 School Security


Kenton County Schools Receive ALICE Training

Kenton County school officials trained 15,000 students, teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other employees in ALICE– Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate –procedure for several emergency situations. Read more


A Nationwide Shift in Thinking – California Teachers Association

California Teacher Association members and administrators who attended the ALICE training say they plan on teaching their colleagues these tactics and strategies upon their return. “I’m in favor of this type of training,” says Linda Chan, the chair of CTA’s Safety Committee. Read more


Local PD brings [Age Appropriate] ALICE to Centerville Schools

West Chester Township police created a video that the district uses to help educate younger students about ALICE Training. Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson says the video is a good tool to help protect children from an armed intruder.  Read more

White Papers – K-12 School Security


Int’l Assoc. Chiefs of Police

Guide for Preventing & Responding to School Violence

US Department of Education

Guide for Developing School Emergency Operation Plans

FBI Report: 10 Takeaways

A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the US 2000-2013

Ohio Attorney General

Ohio School Security Task Force Recommendations

What the FBI and related School Security Experts are Saying

“Civilians stopping shooters is even more common in school settings. To suggest that people shouldn’t think about it or that it shouldn’t be addressed or talked about is irresponsible. We have stories that don’t turn into massacres because people did something.” September 2015
Peter Blair, Ph.D. Professor of Criminal Justice, Texas State
“Run, hide or fight, or some combination of those, is the reality of the three options everyone has during an active shooter situation.” September, 2015
Katherine Schweit, FBI, Chief of Violence Prevention
“School districts are doing a complete disservice to their students, staff and their families if they are not prepared for a violent intruder. In my opinion, ALICE Training is the absolute best solution for that problem!” July 2015
Kurtis Buckley, School Resource Officer, Rantoul Township High School

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