Our Goal: A Safe Learning Environment for Every Student
The Security Industry Association is dedicated to working to enhance the safety and security of schools in the United States. SIA supports increased federal assistance to schools struggling with the cost of meeting security needs, the adoption of successful state school security assistance programs and initiatives and nationwide use of best practices for school security.
K-12 School Security: What SIA Recommends
- Follow best practices and guidelines developed by the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)
- Expand federal assistance to schools struggling with the cost of meeting security needs
- Promote adoption of successful policy approaches to improving school security at the state level – see comparison developed by the Secure Schools Alliance
- Strengthen partnerships among local government, education professionals and public safety officials to promote deployment of effective technologies that enhance school safety and security
- Improve awareness related to school safety and security and increase training for staff, teachers, students and parents on school security risks and related best practices
Resources for School Security and Safety
PASS brings together expertise from the education, public safety and industry communities to develop and support a coordinated approach to making effective use of proven security practices specific to K-12 environments and informed decisions on security investments. PASS has created a free resource, the Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools, a layered and tiered approach to securing school environments based on local needs, nationwide best practices and making the most effective use of resources available.
The guidelines identify and classify best practices for securing K-12 facilities in response to urgent needs for information identified by the education community, including:
- Specific actions that can effectively raise the baseline of security
- Vetted security practices specific to K-12 environments
- Objective, reliable information on available safety and security technology
- A way to assess current security measures against nationwide best practices
- Multiple options for addressing security needs identified, based on available resources
- How to distinguish needed and effective solutions from sales pitches on unnecessary products
Other School Safety Resources
Launched by Reps. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) in 2016, the Congressional School Safety Caucus brings together education, law enforcement, government and private-sector leaders to discuss how we can work together in a bipartisan fashion to help protect our nation’s schools and college campuses through education on best practices, increasing awareness of available solutions, strategies to meet funding challenges and supporting legislation that promotes needed school safety and security improvements.
The Secure Schools Alliance has launched a national conversation about the issue of school safety, engaging education, industry, public safety,corporate and community leaders to work together to address it through research, pilot programs, the promotion of best practices, and the raising of funds. Among other valuable resources, the Alliance website provides a state-by-state analysis of policy and funding addressing school security improvements, a listing of available assessment tools, and tracking of state and federal legislation related to school security.
The Safe and Sound Schools organization, a non-profit founded by parents, teachers and community members in the wake of the attack on Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, offers a vast resource library to help communities improve school safety.
The National School Board Association's website provides an in-depth collection of articles and resources on school safety and crisis management.
The School Superintendents Association website offers its "ABC's of School Safety," an overview of school safety organized under three categories: Awareness, Balance, and Control. The site also provides links to other school safety resources.
The National Parent Teacher Association provides resources on student safety, including an extensive collection of PTA-focused violence prevention recommendations. The site also provides information on "Connect for Respect," a bullying prevention program.