The level and type of building security will vary from school to school. Several factors must be considered when determining the level of security for your school, such as:
- Location of the school – urban vs rural, local crime rates (vandalism, arson, assaults);
- Age of students attending school – elementary vs secondary;
- Building design – alcoves, hiding spaces, roof access, over grown shrubs;
- After-hours use of the building;
One of the major problems with school buildings is the number of entry points. Most of these entrances are in remote parts of the building, making it difficult for the office staff to “intercept” visitors before they can proceed to other parts of the building.
Risk Management Recommendations
During School Hours:
- Restrict external access to the building. Fire codes require exit doors to open freely from the inside, but entrance into the building should only be permitted through designated doors.