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School crisis lockdown plans when students are in restrooms

Posted by on November 21, 2013

What do we do about students who are in the restroom when we announce a lockdown? This question is raised often during our school security assessment consulting and training presentations around the country. The issue has several variables schools must prepare for as they develop and refine their emergency guidelines. Don’t leave students stranded in restrooms […]

Lockdown communications with parents during school emergencies

Posted by on November 4, 2013

Few things scare a mother more than a lockdown or safety crisis at her child’s school. Fear makes calm, sensible people frantic and fierce. This is a tough time for schools. Their first priority is protecting children. A lockdown is serious business. School staffers are tied up assessing the threat, talking to police, making sure […]

Jay Mathews’ “Overdoing School Security” Partially Hits Target

Posted by on January 30, 2011

Locking down eight schools in the vicinity of a Los Angeles high school where a school police officer reported being shot was not overdoing school security.  How the lockdowns were implemented probably was over-the-top, however. Jay Mathews, a respected education columnist for The Washington Post, partially hit his target in challenging the way lockdowns were put […]