Safety and Security--PK-12

Title Abstract Publication Date
An Application of Broken-Windows and Related Theories to the Study of Disorder, Fear, and Collective Efficacy in Schools. This article considers school climate and perceptions of social disorder. When a school is characterized by disorder or physical risk, basic educational goals and processes are jeopardized. We use... 01/31/2009
An Eye on Safety. Reviews current video surveillance technology for schools, including small and sophisticated cameras, digital recording, and software considerations for recording and storage. 01/31/2008
An Investigation of Best Practices for Evacuating and Sheltering Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities. Prepared in response to the June 2007 General Accountability Office report, Emergency Management: Most School Districts Have Developed Emergency Management Plans, but Would Benefit from Additional... 09/30/2008
An Ounce of Prevention. Discusses how campus crime prevention activities can help avoid premises liability injury lawsuits that target some physical defect in school property or the operation of that property. It suggests... 06/30/1998
Applying the CPTED Concept: Creative, Cost-Effective Design Elements Make a Safer School. Presents basic design solutions to help improve school security, focusing on bathrooms, corridors, doors, lockers, and central control rooms. 09/30/2001
Are Our Children Safe at School? Describes the three types of threats to schools: natural disasters, threats from within, and threats from without, along with the use of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) to... 10/31/2004
Are Video Cameras the Key to School Safety? Describes one high school's use of video cameras as a preventive tool in stemming theft and violent episodes within schools. The top ten design tips for preventing crime on campus are... 04/30/1998
Are You Prepared for the Next Crisis? Offers steps to making school security equipment and emergency plans more effective through proper planning and staff training. Key components of effective communication for controlling and... 03/31/2001
Are Your Old Buildings Dangerous? Reviews a case where the state of Montana was held liable for a child's fall at the state university, even though the balustrade through which he fell was in compliance with a building code that... 05/26/2005
Arizona Safe Schools: Recommendations of the Arizona School Facilities Board. Makes recommendations for school buildings and grounds to create safer schools. Topics covered include exterior lighting, administrative office locations, classroom door hardware, restrooms,... 12/31/2006
Assessing Your Security Needs. Advises on analyzing operations, evaluating facilities, staff training, and community outreach in the light of creating safer schools. 12/31/2006
Assisting Schools and Child Care Facilities in Addressing Lead in Drinking Water. Compares and contrasts EPA's guidance to schools and child care facilities under the Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) and the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). It also provides a brief overview... 12/31/2004
Auditing Schools for Safety. Explores the issues involved in conducting effective safety audits for educational facilities. Areas covered include auditing for site characteristics, access control, lighting, building exterior,... 12/31/1999
Balancing Convenience and Safety. Illustrates with examples a variety of situations where convenience of access to a school facility should be a lower priority than safety, in order to prevent violent incidents. The article... 08/31/2008
Balancing Safety and Security in the School Environment. Reviews principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, school fire statistics and history, door features that offer property security without inhibiting emergency egress, features of... 09/30/2003
Balancing Security and Learning. School Security Supplement. Discusses ways to provide vital safety to schools without inhibiting the learning environment for students. Describes security efforts at Orange County, Florida schools, such as using video cameras,... 01/31/2002
Balancing Security and Openness. This is a thematic summary of a symposium on security and design of public buildings. Presenters include Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and a panel of architects recognized for their expertise in... 11/29/1999
Balancing Student Privacy and School Safety: A Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Elementary and Secondary Schools. Advises on student privacy rights, including images of students captured on security videotapes that are maintained by the school's law enforcement unit. These images are not considered... 09/30/2007
Be Prepared With Lighting: An Online Reading Room. Lighting is a tool that, used wisely, can increase security and safety. This is a compilation of articles, published in various trade magazines, that collectively emphasize that where, when and how... 12/31/2002
Be Prepared, Not Scared. Suggests steps principals should take to increase school security and crisis preparedness: Involve school community members in security needs-assessment process; reduce risk based on assessment by... 04/30/2002
Be Prepared. Outlines essential features of disaster preparedness and recovery programs, as well as building design features and accessories that enhance safety and security. A list of related websites for... 01/31/2007
Behind the Scenes. Describes the five components that should make up a school security total-systems-integration request for proposal: general terms and conditions, vendor information, description of requirements,... 05/31/2003
Best Fit System. Describes the components and installation of the Elgin, Texas, High School security system, which produced immediate results and contributed to the high school being named the safest in central Texas. 06/30/2005
Best Practices. Identifies three educational institutions with outstanding security practices, and five others that have made notable improvements. The results were obtained by surveying nearly 1,000 security... 12/31/2003
Better Safe Than Sorry. Describes the use of nonslip flooring in educational facilities to reduce fall injuries and litigation costs. Discussions include the influence of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,... 11/30/1997

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