Reduce security threats by improving school design and infrastructure. Improvements to security, including the use of deadbolt locks for certain doors, and greater control of entrances, exits, and external access can strengthen the security in your school.
Schools facilities are soft targets. Although our schools are filled with children, we often leave them vulnerable and exposed to external threats. School hardening can take several different forms, none of which is mutually exclusive.  Structural improvements could include:

  • Building front offices closer to entrances and creating vestibules where doors must be remotely unlocked before visitors can enter into the school;
  • Erecting barriers around campuses and stadiums that prevent vehicles from being driven into crowds or students;

Practices relating to access control, monitoring, and school climate are generally used in schools to reduce security threats.  Improvements to security, including the use of deadbolt locks for certain doors, and greater control of entrances, exits, and external access can strengthen the security in your school. The TSSC recently surveyed 487 administrators, 273 teachers, and 118 law enforcement officers to determine the types of safety practices currently being used by schools across the state of Texas and reported:

  • That 90% of administrators are using practices relating to access control, such as screening visitors and 96% are locking doors.
  • Practices relating to monitoring, such as CCTV cameras and hall passes, were reported less frequently (87.7 percent and 49.7 percent, respectively).
  • The majority of administrators (93.8 percent) reported that metal detectors were “never” used in their schools.
  • Law enforcement officers reported conducting personal searches on students more often with probable cause (81.4 percent) than without (71.2 percent).
  • Teachers reported that “most” or “all” teachers at their school are assigned to monitor areas outside of their classroom during passing period (19.8 percent and 54.9 percent, respectively).

Installing access control in you School will allow administrators to easily control access to campus facilities. Lock all doors remotely, smooth the process of screening visitor, staff and students. Installing security systems that monitor and record entrances, exits and hallways; Providing telephones or radios in every classroom so that teachers can quickly report threats; Installing active shooter alarm systems; The hardening of school facilities is important. While it is not the only solution to keeping schools safer, it is an important defense in cases where a student has already decided to harm themselves, their peers, or educators. Through rigorous safety procedures a school districts can protect students from harm. More information and how to take action to strengthen school security contact us or give us a call at (855) 653-5444 or email us at sales@gilcatsolutions.com

Access Control and Monitoring