School administrators and campus facility managers have many tasks ahead of them when it comes to enhancing security policy. However, some of the more complicated decisions can be streamlined by answering school security questions like these.
1. How are we managing the security of ancillary buildings?
This is an important question to ask if a campus has secondary structures located away from the main school building. These structures may be outdoor classrooms, extracurricular program buildings or areas where non-profit groups operate on the campus.
In addition to surveilling the main building with video cameras, these ancillary areas can also be monitored with surveillance technology. During the day, traditional monitoring may suffice – but afterhours, remote video monitoring is recommended so that secondary buildings don’t become security liabilities.
2. How well does the front desk know campus visitors?
Administrators rely heavily on the knowledge of the school’s front office. However, human error is always a possibility when it comes to keeping track of school visitors. Furthermore, what happens if those reliable employees go on vacation or move on to other employers? All things considered, a backup plan is essential. There is technology that can help, including a visitor management system (VMS) designed to give access to authorized parents, family members and outside vendors of the school.
3. Are we on the same page as law enforcement?
Many schools are unaware of their local law enforcement’s protocol for handling a school emergency. This can be mitigated by contacting the local precinct and requesting information on current procedures. The appropriate officers can also advise school administrators on forming a communication protocol for a school emergency, and schools that utilize their own internal communication system can authorize a law enforcement contact to have access to it when necessary.
4. Is our communication system effective?
Speaking of communication systems, upgrading the method of communication can be a very effective way to enhance school security. NYC schools may be interested in Ruvna, a school emergency management app that is accessed from smartphones and mobile devices to help staff communicate with each other, account for every student in the building and bring law enforcement into the conversation when necessary.
5. Who is testing our technology?
And, when are they testing it? Preventative maintenance is critical to the health of a security system. How often is maintenance work being performed? Is it worth considering a program where security professionals are monitoring the lifeblood of the system, so that a certified technician is automatically dispatched to the site in the event a device malfunctions? Device maintenance, in addition to remote software and firmware upgrades, can not only reduce unexpected repair costs; they can also ensure there are no cracks in the system that could lead to a security breach.
These are all important questions to ask when addressing decisions for school security. NYC administrators should ask themselves these questions to make most informed decisions possible.
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