As coronavirus cases surge throughout the country, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, says the union would support "safety strikes" by teachers if safety measures are not met when schools are set to reopen in the fall.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey awarded $70 million to support the Alabama State Department of Education’s (ALSDE) Education Health and Wellness Grant Program and $100 million to support the Educational Remote Learning Devices Grant Program.
The Minneapolis, Minn. Board of Education is "quietly" hiring "public safety support specialists" (PSSS) after the Board unanimously voted in June to cancel its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department in response to the killing of George Floyd.
As some schools begin to reopen and others start planning for next year, student and staff safety need to remain top of mind, and administrators need the right solutions in place to keep risks of all kinds at bay. However, these solutions must be flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances, while still executing clear communication and quick response to reduce school safety risks.
For educational institutions, it may seem like there are never enough resources to cover all of the risks, incidents or areas of a campus. However, by partnering with police and other first responders, school security leaders can gain additional expertise, local risk updates and even force multipliers.
“Each year, 25 percent of our population turns over, and we start over to get buy-in, keep their attention and have them take appropriate action for their safety.”
November 5, 2013
“When I had the opportunity to move from parking and transportation at the University to leading the strategic security and safety effort on campus, we made a very strategic and important decision to build the structure to be broader than law enforcement. We incorporated all aspects of campus safety and security,” says Dr. Bob Harkins of the University of Texas, Austin. “That decision speaks volumes about the leadership at the University. It was a decision to make this department an enabler for the business of protecting and educating students, faculty and staff. That was a very strategic decision encompassing law enforcement, campus safety and security, business continuity and risk management as core missions.”
This month in Security magazine, we examine how physical security leaders are being propelled into a unique position of revenue preservers and risk managers for their businesses. In addition, we profile Scott Ashworth, Director of Security for Atlanta United. Also, security leaders discuss how to develop cybersecurity careers, election security, data protection strategies, measuring and reporting security operations maturity and more!