School security and safety is a top priority for parents. They want to know that their children are secure no matter where they are on campus. In order to ensure that this is the case, parents may approach you and other school administrators to question the school’s security protocols and practices. When they do, are you ready to answer them?
The following three questions are likely to be common points of inquiry from parents. If you are a school administrator, it’s imperative that you are able to respond to these questions when and if they arise.
1. Are all teachers and staff aware of the school security protocols on campus?
Do you have regular security meetings with your teachers and staff members about the school’s security practices and policies? Do you have a streamlined way to provide updates when new systems are put in place? Parents will feel more confident in the school and its staff if they can clearly see the consistency with which you address the safety and security of their children.
2. How does the school secure its ancillary buildings?
It’s important to ensure that students will experience a high standard of security and protection no matter where they are on campus. Do your ancillary buildings have the same security measures in place as the main school building? Are there video surveillance systems, fire alarms, and environmental hazard systems in place? Work with your team to shore up any missing security elements that could leave ancillary buildings vulnerable.
3. Is the school security technology up to date?
You may have all the security measures in place, but how much attention has been placed on maintenance and updates? Are you able to show parents when your security technology was last updated? Can you display evidence that all systems function properly?
The more you focus on a robust security strategy for your school, the more parents will gain trust in your ability to protect their children while they are on campus. In addition, consistent communication between all staff, faculty, and parents, as well as investment in proper security equipment will improve the overall school experience of students, faculty, and parents alike.
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