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.
The New Mexico Public Education Department has suspended an entire five-person school board after its members voted to ignore statewide mask guidelines.
An important area of emergency preparedness for campus settings involves appropriate procedures for both internal and external hazardous materials incidents.
Universities need to understand that different forms of stored personally identifiable information (PII) need different security tactics to best secure the data. Every effective university PII protection effort needs to address three critical requirements: data discovery, access governance and risk mitigation.
Emergency communications provider AlertMedia recently announced the release of mobile app features designed to keep workers safe wherever they are in the world. As offices reopen, business travel resumes, and offices experiment with hybrid work environments, the app can help keep dispersed workers connected and informed about threats to safety and security anywhere around the globe.
While the debate regarding the opening of many schools continues, it looks as if distance learning and school administration will continue to some degree.
Creating a safe and secure learning environment has always been a top priority for campus security professionals and administrators, but it becomes more and more complex with the constantly changing landscape.
Youth vaping, or e-cigarette use, has risen significantly in recent years, even as rates of other types of nicotine use by youth have fallen. The lack of proven nicotine-use cessation options for youth makes prevention critically important. Detection is a central part of prevention, since youth tend to hide vape use from parents, teachers, and other adults. Promising new vaping detection technology being developed may hold the key for reducing youth e-cigarette use rates in schools.
On Friday, May 14, the Department of Homeland Security released a National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin suggesting that as pandemic-related restrictions begin to ease, violent extremist groups may take the opportunity to strike.
On the campuses of Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., a new security force has been out on patrol, learning the ropes before students return to campus full time. An egg-shaped security robot on wheels has been placed into service to act as a mobile security camera, emergency call box, first-alarm-raiser, and more.