Ensuring the young adults of tomorrow are protected and cared for in their learning environments is absolutely crucial. Here, we explore the methods and techniques employed to improve school security, including the importance of key control in the education sector.
How can school security be improved?
Improving school security requires a thorough risk assessment strategy, as well as monitoring who is entering and exiting the premises.
It's vital to keep track of who is on the premises and for what reason, including your teachers. Visitor regulation can range from a simple sign in and out procedure with a pen and paper, to electronically monitored keys, to online logbooks that track the frequency of visitors, time spent at the school and reasoning behind their visit.
Furthermore, you may choose to install cameras and license plate recognition software that track and report on how many cars are entering and exiting. This isn't only relevant on school days, monitoring vandals and those loitering on a frequent basis means that if an incident occurs, you have footage of the perpetrators and their actions.
Unfortunately, potential risks and dangers grow just as fast as your students do. It's important to regularly evaluate your current security measures to identify any gaps in your planning. Some schools adopt a holistic approach to security reviews with exercises that involve the students. Lock down drills are becoming commonplace across both Australia and New Zealand, reminding students and teachers of protocols should an armed offender enter campus.
Your risk assessment doesn't only have to concern those outside of the school unit. Especially where young children are concerned, it's vital to ensure your school gates and fences are durable enough to keep the students in during class times and recesses. Not only will an escaped child cause stress and panic for their family, but in towns where schools are located on roadsides there is serious risk of injury or harm by passing vehicles.
Communication systems for classrooms
Security extends beyond controllable incidents – preparing for natural disaster is imperative for any education provider. One of the most important things to consider during disaster or extreme weather events is communicating with your staff and students. In situations where power lines are damaged or critical infrastructure is down, phone and internet services may fail. In order to get around this barrier of contact, you'll need to have a plan in place to maintain contact with your staff and students, which is vital where safety is concerned.
Methods of contact you may choose to incorporate include:
- HF radio contact.
- Internal intercoms.
- Pre-designated meeting places to discuss plans.
Why is key control needed in schools?
Even in small schools, there are plenty of access points that must be monitored by administrators. An electronic control system is the most efficient way to regulate the whereabouts and use of school keys, without taking too much time out of the often busy staff schedules.
An issue with having a high volume of keys is keeping track of their location and who has them. Electronic control systems allow administrators to not only know who has taken a key, but lets them track the location of it in real time. Should a security breach occur, there's a digital paper trail in place to show exactly who had the key last and at what stage it may have gotten into the wrong hands.
Schools play home to a massive number of shared spaces, vehicles and expensive equipment. Managers or principals must have a reliable system that delivers clarity on who is using what.
Reduces liability risk
With an electronic control system, you can at least trust that your keys will be kept safely locked away. In turn, this is sure to reduce key-related security breaches, protecting both your students and staff from danger. It's easy to check which keys are missing and with an automatic locking mechanism, you won't need to rely on a busy person to check every key lock following use.
Manages key administration
It's no secret that those working in the education sector have their plate loaded with tasks. The beauty of an electronic control system is that makes the key administration process much easier. From easy to read history logs of key withdrawal and deposits to autonomous PIN code access, an electronic key control system handles the management side of security for you.
For more information on how CIC Technology equipment can transform your security protocol, get in touch with our team for a free product demo.