The number of violent incidents that has happened inside school premises has increasingly stressed out school administrators as well as the parents and students. This may be the reason why concerned parents are taking a second look at the security policies being implemented in schools. A closer look at security policies revealed that some schools only require visitors to sign-in at the office. However, this is not strictly implemented especially when the sign-in area is located far from the entrance.
There are some schools that take extreme measures when it comes to their security policies such as requiring all visitors to register at the entrance and being photographed by the surveillance camera. Security personnel in some schools even check the ID of the visitor against the national database of sex offenders as well as custody court orders. Private schools even have a screening area where visitors are initially vetted before being allowed inside the school premises. These security precautions are especially effective when the school is completely fenced off and visitors are only allowed to enter at the main gate.
Unfortunately most of these security measures require a significant investment, which some schools cannot afford due to budget constraints.One of the cheapest and popular option is still the use of “access cards” or IDs to be prominently displayed by the visitor on their person through the use of ID lanyards. To improve this security precaution, PTAs can require schools to hire security guards to check the validity of the visitor ID before issuing a visitor badge on ID lanyards. School principals that have already gone through a violent incident suggest locking the school doors 30 minutes after the school has started its classes while requiring an office sign-in for school visitors. The value of this additional security layer is that individuals with malicious intent will need to shoot the locked door to enter the school. This gives the school personnel additional time to warn the students and teachers to lock themselves in. As part of the school-safety plan, this additional security policy is perceived to decrease risk.
Traditionally some parents do not want the hassle of going through these security precautions since they do not consider themselves as visitors. One of the most common reasons given by parents is that they are pressed for time as well as creating a prison-like environment for their children. As luck would have it, these parents can now be outvoted by anxious parents looking for a more secure school environment for their children. Students can also help improve the security policy of their school by displaying their ID on ID lanyards when entering and while in school.
Some parents suggest that all school visitors be required to log in and wear the visitor’s badge on ID lanyards as another layer of security precaution for their children. The visitor badges are exchanged with a valid ID of the visitor at the entrance of the school by the security guard before being allowed to enter the school premises. The color and design of the visitor’s badges may be significantly different from the ID of the students and their teachers. The purpose of this added security feature is to reveal which individuals have a limited access to the school areas especially in play areas. School administrators and staff can boost the feeling of improved security by wearing their own badges on ID lanyards as well. This includes not only the teachers but all school personnel. The reason for this is that individuals not wearing their designated IDs can be considered as a threat by the children and teachers.
Simply put, it’s not hard to imagine why security needs to be tightened in schools, and it’s not that difficult to do what needs to be done.