As schools begin to welcome students back in full force, there is increased attention on learners’ physical and mental wellbeing.
- By Dr. Robert Darzynkiewicz
Embracing the benefits of touch-less access using smartphones, Vanderbilt University has expanded its investment into campus safety and security by leveraging HID Mobile Access® to deploy campus IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch through Apple Wallet.
Ensuring community safety has always been a top priority at UCalgary. The security team works around the clock to secure its many campuses and keep everyone safe.
In recent years, the United States has witnessed a surge of active shooter incidents, which have put emergency preparedness into the spotlight for “when,” not “if ” the next tragedy occurs.
Safety for some is not “inclusive safety” for all. A contentious debate rages on college campuses today to defund and abolish campus police.
Successful emergency response, and the safety of everyone inside of school buildings, relies on more than just a system that only sends alerts. Below are four key actions a school panic button should empower its users to take.
Necessity is the mother of invention, especially when it comes to battling COVID-19. We have tried common-sense practices like frequent hand washing, masking, and social distancing. Yet the scourge is still among us
- By Paul Baratta, Bruce Canal
A school needs more than great academics and smart students to be an intelligent campus. To support education and intellectual growth, campuses need to be safe, cyber-secure, and very smart.
To protect students and employees from the SARS CoV- 2 virus that causes COVID-19, air quality should be a top concern for school and college administrators.
Identification cards, video surveillance, keypads, software, databases, and even the doors themselves. They are all part of a security strategy to keep employees safe in a facility.
An 18-year-old woman who was shot in the head by a school safety officer in Long Beach, Calif., is braindead and not expected to survive, according to her relatives. Mona Rodriguez, the mother of a 5-month-old boy, was in the front passenger seat of a car when she was shot by a school safety officer near Millikan High School on Monday, Sept. 27.
A shooting at a school bus stop in Louisville, Ky., left a 16-year-old boy dead and two other children injured on Wednesday morning.
A shooting at Heritage High School in Newport News, Va., left two 17-year-old students—one boy and one girl—wounded on Monday.
A youth soccer tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, was disrupted this weekend when a parent displayed a firearm, according to authorities. Local police are still trying to uncover the details of the situation that sent players, parents and other spectators running for cover.
Weapons detection security screening solutions provider Evolv Technology has announced the creation of Give Evolv LLC (GiveEvolv), which promotes the company’s mission of making people and public venues safer, according to a press release.
A 17-year-old student was shot last week on the campus of Santee High School in Los Angeles, Calif., after a fight with another student. The student was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials.
A student was killed on Wed., Sept. 1, in a shooting at a high school in Winston-Salem, N.C. There were no other reported injuries, and the suspect has been taken into custody, say authorities.
Police say that a teenager and former student at Brighton High School in Cotton Heights, Utah, attacked a school resource officer and tried to take her firearm.
The Wichita Falls Independent School District in Wichita Falls, Texas, released a statement on Thursday, Aug. 19, saying that a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old have been arrested in connection with a total of eight bomb threats made to district schools within the last week.
A shooting at an Albuquerque, N.M., middle school on Friday, Aug. 13, left one student dead and the suspect in custody. Police say the incident at Washington Middle School took place at lunch as the victim tried to prevent another student from being bullied.
In June, the San Jose Unified School District in San Jose, Calif., voted to end its school officer resource program. However, on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 12, the board voted to hire off-duty SJPD officers as security for extracurricular activities and events on campus.
Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., announced this week that it’s launching a mobile student ID card that can be used on compatible iPhones, Apple Watches or Android devices. The electronic version of the “Tiger Card” can be used in place of a traditional, plastic ID card to access campus buildings, purchase meals, do laundry and more.
The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced that its campus police will now use body-worn cameras. According to a news release, the purpose of the body cameras is to “promote accountability; increase public trust; provide supportive documentation for complaints, investigations and prosecutions; and improve training opportunities.”
A former high-school custodian from Medford, Ore., has been arrested and faces charges including attempted second-degree murder after he “made significant steps to carry out a mass casualty event,” according to officials.
The New Mexico Public Education Department has suspended an entire five-person school board after its members voted to ignore statewide mask guidelines.
Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker has announced a mask mandate for schools to take effect immediately. All students, teachers and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19.
Officials have confirmed that a police officer was killed on Tuesday, Aug. 3, during a violent incident at a Metro bus platform outside the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The fallen officer’s identity has not yet been publicly released. A suspect was shot and killed by responding law enforcement officers at the scene.
Educational campuses are busy, complex environments. Amidst all the bustle, there are countless discreet traffic interactions governing whether people and vehicles make it to their destinations safely and smoothly.
An important area of emergency preparedness for campus settings involves appropriate procedures for both internal and external hazardous materials incidents.
In late May 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order banning the state’s government entities—including public schools and universities—from requiring face masks.