School Business Affairs February 2020

12 FEBRUARY 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS SAFETY AND SECURITY S hootings in school districts across the country have left school leaders with concerns regarding their ability to ensure the safety of students and staff members. Although it is impossible to plan for all contingencies, several measures can help district leaders maintain safe, healthy, and productive educa- tional facilities. The goal is to balance security with an attractive and welcoming school environment. General Assessments Perform a security assessment as part of the district’s annual facilities checklist and comprehensive long- range facilities planning process. This assessment should include fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide alarms and equipment. Including local first responders in these secu- rity assessment procedures can ensure that communica- tion and emergency response protocols are in place. Creating Balance with Basic School Security Measures District leaders can implement basic security measures that balance safety with a welcoming school environment. By Michael J. Wozny, AIA, CID, LEED AP, and Louis J. Pepe, MBA, RSBA, SFO MEMORYMAN/STOCK.ADOBE.COM