School safety resource for the new school year
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Know your School Safety Resource Options
The start of the school year is always an exciting and hectic time. We thought it would be helpful to share some best practices and helpful resources to enhance your school’s safety. We know that keeping your children and staff safe is your top priority and knowing what school safety resource is available to you is a great place to start.
There are some simple yet effective solutions you can implement right away. A major one is installing classroom doors that can be locked from the inside. Furthermore, there are comprehensive solutions you can implement throughout the year that are very cost effective and will enhance security. The solution can be as simple as implementing “best practices” policies that can create safe areas within the classrooms. This can be done by identifying areas that keep students and staff out of the line of sight from an intruder (such as taped/painted lines on the floor and by temporarily covering the window in the door). Other items can also be retrofitted to harden the entry points of the facilities (such as creating security vestibules with intruder resistive glazing products). The key is to understand the vulnerabilities of each school within the district and take the necessary actions to plan and prepare.
Grant Finder Tool
Did you know that there are government grants you can apply for that can help you keep your school community safe? The Grant Finder Tool allows you to take a quiz and based on your choices, it will provide you with the relevant grant opportunity for your school.
“To get started, take the Grants Finder Tool Quiz to view a list of applicable grants based on your quiz selections. Available grant results will appear as you answer each question. Your results will narrow down as you proceed throughout the quiz to give you the most relevant grant opportunities for your school.
You can also explore all available grant opportunities in the Grants Library. Filter grants based on your needs or use the quick filter links to view grants in frequently searched for categories.” schoolsafety.gov website
On July 26, 2022, The Door and Hardware Institute, in conjunction with the Door Security and Safety Foundation (DSSF), released a statement that includes some invaluable information and tools regarding school safety. We have included the statement below to help you succeed in your fight to keep your school community safe and secure.
Washington, DC –
On July 12, NBC News published an article highlighting a basic security feature that is lacking in more than a quarter of all schools across the country – classroom doors that can be locked from the inside.
We, at the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI), an association serving more than 5,000 door security and safety professionals in the non-residential construction industry, and the Door Security & Safety Foundation (DSSF), who advocate on behalf of these knowledgeable experts, strongly affirm that no one should ever have to step in harm’s way to ensure the safety of others or the security of a door. We know that classroom door locks that are lockable by key from inside the room are a critical line of defense in an active shooter or lockdown situation, and that the experts we serve can make the difference when it comes to a possible life and death situation.
DHI members encompass design and construction experts, building code officials, local code experts, and professionals in the commercial door and hardware industry. They possess the technical knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to effectively balance life safety and security.
According to a 2015 report by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, doors that lock from the inside are most effective in securing classrooms, and to date, no active shooter has breached a locked classroom door. The report supports DHI’s recommendation that schools should elect to install door hardware that is code compliant and industry-tested.
In recent weeks, many states have called for legislation seeking to examine, report, and resolve school safety measures, specifically pertaining to doors and locks. As the leading bodies representing and advocating for experts in the field, DHI and DSSF encourage school districts to work with door safety and security professionals in adopting safety and security protocols, and implementing best industry practices for door and hardware solutions, as detailed in the DHI School Security and Safety Policy Principles. We also advise schools to use guidelines developed by the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) when developing their school safety plans.
Consulting a door security and safety professional should be a basic requirement to ensure school safety. We encourage door and hardware professionals within the industry to join our efforts in amplifying this message by:
- Utilizing DHI’s Ambassador Toolkit – consisting of talking points, sample social media posts, a Letter to the Editor template, relevant statistics, and links to valuable assets and resources – to help raise awareness of the door and hardware industry and its professionals.
- Using key messages outlined in the DHI School Security and Safety Policy Principles to draft a letter to local school board members, the local Parent Teachers Association (PTA), and school district leadership. We recommend using the Letter to the Editor template, included in the Ambassador Toolkit, to help craft your letter.
- Focusing your message on proven best practices related to life safety and security as it pertains to doors and hardware, rather than any perceived failures.
- Communicating to stakeholders that you are available to consult in and assist with the decision-making process, knowing that they may be presented with numerous solutions in the aftermath of recent tragedies.
For more information, please visit the DHI website, DSSF website, or contact DHI CEO Cedric Calhoun, FASAE, CAE, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
H&G, Your School Safety Partners.
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