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WEB EXCLUSIVE: It Can’t Happen Here, Can It?” Now Is The Time To Assess Your School’s Safety And Security Protocols


Recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have caused many in the education community to think about their own campuses and the safety and security measures they have employed over the years. When violence strikes close to home, school administrators need to take the time, both immediately and over the course of the next couple of years, to evaluate the safety and security processes of their campus.

In the hope of raising your awareness to avoid a tragic situation at your school, Fisher Phillips has collaborated with security expert Wayne Black, CEO of Wayne Black & Associates, to provide some guidelines on security issues schools should consider as they evaluate their campuses.   

Some of the items listed below are costly (gates, fencing, cameras, etc.), while others can be easily implemented or adapted at little or no cost. Rather than starting with a budgeted number for security enhancements, your team should determine what your school most urgently needs for the safety of the children, and then find a way to obtain the money to fix the immediate issues. Then plan for the next phases of security improvements that may be more costly and require budgeting plan, recognizing that security is always going to be a work in progress.

These guidelines are not listed in any type of priority. Each administrative team will have to prioritize for their individual school. 

Assessment Checklist


These guidelines are a good starting point for any school to begin a discussion with your security and administrative teams about what may be missing from your plans and where you should obtain additional information. As time moves forward, you will hear many more recommendations from other schools and consultants. This is the time to absorb and consider all options to determine what steps may be best for your school.

If you have questions, please contact the authors at (954.847.4705) or (305.525.8013).


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