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While it is unfortunate to say, today’s educational institutions must prepare for the worst while hoping for the best in regards to Kentucky school security. Preparation is the only way to help reduce the risk of an incident becoming yet another tragedy. Children deserve to be safe, especially in environments where they learn, play and grow into Kentucky’s future. That is why Modern Systems has become very involved in the safety of the students, faculty and staff of Kentucky schools.

In addition to our Operation Security Blanket program, in which we donated panic alarms at no cost to over 30 Kentucky Schools and provide security systems at affordable costs to all schools, we hope to educate as many schools, students and parents as possible in the importance of school security.

Let’s take a moment to review some tips to help increase school safety.

8 Simple School Security Tips For Schools To Help Increase Safety

(adapted from Crescent Guardian)

-On a daily basis, make sure all classroom windows are locked.

-Distribute lists that notify staff who share copies of which keys.

-Designate different doors for entry and exit.

-Establish secure locations/safe rooms for hiding.

-Develop code words for intercom use that alerts staff and students of specific situations.

-Form teams so every member knows what role to perform in an emergency.

-Train faculty and staff how to diffuse potentially violent situations.

-Turn off all lights in a room to signify to first responders that no one is in the room or to give that illusion to any possible perpetrators.

Safety tips for Students

-Report suspicious people immediately.

-Never prop open a secured door.

-Never allow someone you don’t know to enter a secure door with you.

-Report any broken windows, door latches or lights.

-Never leave a purse, wallet or valuable item unattended.

-Always lock your car.

-Don’t leave any valuables visible in your car.

-Take time to familiarize yourself with building evacuation routes and severe weather procedures.

Safety Tips for College Students (Living on or Off Campus)

-All of the tips for students above.

-Residences and dormrooms should be locked at all times even if occupied or if only leaving for a few minutes.

-When jogging at night use the buddy system and vary your route.

-Don’t wear headphones while jogging.

-Record serial numbers of all valuable items.

-Don’t advertise your departure from campus by posting notes on your door.

Bus and Getting to School Safety Tips

-Make sure children walk or bike to school with a friend.

-Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help

-Teach your children to ask permission before leaving home or playing outside. Make sure they check in with you if there is a change of plans.

-Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is okay to do so in every instance.

-Remind children that it is okay to say “no” to anything that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused – and that they should tell you if anything or anyone makes them feel this way.

-Tell children that if anyone tries to grab them, they should make a scene and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and making as much noise as possible.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to school safety, following these basic tips can help keep a child safe.

For more information about getting a security system in your school, or about Operation Security Systems, contact Modern Systems at 1-800-252-7664.

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