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IDIS Shows Best Value Video at TASA Conference

Benefits of IDIS end-to-end solutions highlighted for schools and colleges

New Position to Coordinate Community Engagement and Safety Initiatives Across Campus

To support the University of Utah’s commitment to safety, diversity, and inclusion, the Office of the Chief Safety Officer (CSO) recently hired a new liaison to coordinate community engagement initiatives with organizations across campus, as well as implement new response protocols developed by the Racist and Bias Incident Response Tea



Sky-high COVID-19 Positivity Rates in Austin Schools Worry Health Officials

Sky-high COVID-19 Positivity Rates in Austin Schools Worry Health Officials

In Travis County TX, the COVID-19 testing positivity rate is 20.2% at high schools, 27.1% at middle schools, 19.8% at elementary schools and 10% at preschools.

Wyoming Supreme Court: Evanston School District’s Gun Policy is Null and Void

Wyoming Supreme Court: Evanston School District’s Gun Policy is Null and Void

Uinta County, WY, School District No. 1’s Rule CKA, which allows for approved staff to carry concealed firearms on district property, has again been ruled invalid, this time by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

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UAB Nursing Student Fatally Shot Outside Student Center

Destiny Danielle Washington, a 20-year-old nursing student, was fatally shot on Thursday night on the University of Alabama-Birmingham campus.

The Next Generation

Classic emergency mass notification systems (EMNS) focus on fast and reliable messaging to inform people of dangerous situations.

3 PPE Procurement Challenges School Systems Face, Potential Solutions

3 PPE Procurement Challenges School Systems Face, Potential Solutions

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many school district leaders suddenly realized that they didn’t have adequate access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suppliers, forcing them to attempt to locate essential materials and build inventory during a huge surge in demand.

A Quick Deployment

A Quick Deployment

The school that would become Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Alberta, was founded more than a century ago. Throughout its long and rich history, Mount Royal has changed its offerings and location while continuing to meet the needs of the community it serves.

An Optimal Control Room

An Optimal Control Room

Campus safety is one of the largest issues facing universities. In 2014, more than 27,000 criminal incidents were reported at public and private universities across the United States*.

Preparing for Threats beyond COVID19

As K-12 and higher education institutions work to reopen schools, they must keep student health and safety top of mind, even as they confront myriad challenges.

The Safety and Security Ad Hoc Committee at the December 10 meeting.

Madison SB Committee Finalizes Safety Recommendations for Police-Free Schools

A Madison School Board committee finalized budget and policy recommendations on Thursday in an effort to prioritize the well-being of students without the presence of police officers in schools.

Incorporating Four Elements

A crisis strikes. It could be anything… a health pandemic, an active shooter, a bomb threat, a loss of electrical power, a flooded building or a severe weather event. Who on your campus responds? What needs to be done?

Three Lessons about School Security

Three Lessons about School Security

While student safety is often revered as a top priority, it is not uncommon for incident response protocols to be overlooked until a situation that warrants action occurs.

Managing COVID-19

Managing COVID-19

Schools and universities are faced with an extraordinary challenge this fall. They need to create plans on preventing, identifying and managing people with potential Covid-19 infection and exposure while providing high-quality education.

The New Curriculum

The New Curriculum

School security has taken on a new dimension as the result of the 2020 pandemic.

Harris Poll Shows Physical Security is Crucial to Getting Kids Back in School

While effectively dealing with COVID-19 is top-of-mind for facilities managers as they work toward getting students back to school full-time, a recent Harris Poll we commissioned indicates there’s significant concern over violence and crime to be overcome as well.

Omnisol application.

New Product Helps Make Surfaces Self-Disinfecting Over Time

NanoVapor Biotech announced the launch of OMNISOL®, a new line of spray-on anti-microbials that provides long-term solutions to sanitizing surfaces to protect against harmful pathogens.

The Modern Classroom

The days of using just a lock and key to secure a classroom are fading. Modern solutions combined with specialty locks are becoming the norm when it comes to keeping classrooms and schools safe from intruders.

Florida Teen Charged with Attempted Murder after Shooting at Officers

A 14-year-old boy in Florida has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after opening fire on deputies in Hardee County. The incident took place Nov. 26, in Wauchula, where the three deputies were sent to respond to a potential burglary.

Taking Contact Tracing Private

Taking Contact Tracing Private

Arguably, reopening the economy in many states across the country hinges on the ability for organizations to gain a good grasp on meeting COVID-safe practices.

Real Life in the Classroom

COVID-19 is no surprise to anyone. It seems it has taken up residence in every location, schools and campuses are no exception. In fact, within the confines of a campus there is the greatest concern. Our future is at risk with children staring down the pandemic.

Campuses Must Remain Vigilant During COVID

Campuses Must Remain Vigilant During COVID

It would seem that school and campus shootings would end with students schooling at home. That hasn’t been the case.

Keeping Up with the Storm

Keeping Up with the Storm

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, schools throughout our nation had their hands filled trying to keep students and faculty safe from unauthorized people on campus.

Integrating Safety and Health

Preparing to open schools each year has always involved repairs and replacements, but the COVID-19 pandemic has upended that process.

John T. Mccutcheon elementary school in Chicago. Credit: Facebook.

School Security Guard Drags Preschooler Through Hall, Family Sues

A family is suing Chicago Public Schools due to an incident where a four-year-old boy was dragged by a security guard through the halls of McCutcheon Elementary school in March, according to the family’s lawyer.

A handgun on top of books inside a backpack.

Texas Fourth Grader Takes Loaded Gun to School in Backpack

A Fort Worth, Texas elementary school sent a letter to parents notifying them about an incident where a student carried a loaded gun in their backpack.

Two police cars with siren lights on.

Dallas College El Centro Police Officer Shot in Downtown Dallas

A Dallas College El Centro Campus police officer was shot in downtown Dallas Thursday evening.

School counselor speaking to a student with hand over his face.

Iowa City School District Developing “Care Assessment” Teams for School Safety

The Iowa City Community School District is developing a team to implement an assessment model that prevents violence and resolves conflict.

California Lawmakers Want More Leadership from Newsom on School Reopening

California Lawmakers Want More Leadership from Newsom on School Reopening

Members of the state’s assembly have demanded more specific statewide guidelines for school reopening, emphasizing that equity gaps will otherwise grow as some students return to classrooms faster than others.

A gloved hand inserting a cotton swab into a test vial.

SUNY Students Must Test Negative for COVID-19 Before Leaving for Thanksgiving Break

State University of New York announced a new policy mandating all students using on-campus facilities to test negative for COVID-19 within 10 days before leaving campus for Thanksgiving break.

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