An Access Control System Improves School Safety
The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University developed a policy research brief regarding providing safe school environments. Within it, they offered the best design practices to improve school safety.
One of those practices is access control and installing a buzzer system with surveillance cameras. Administrators should be able to spot visitors easily and prevent unauthorized people from entering. Other countries require new public schools to comply with these safe school design guidelines and strongly recommend existing schools implement the practice.
The report noted that while U.S. schools have crisis plans, including mandated lockdowns and other measures to address violent behavior, more attention needs to be paid to the schools' physical environment. They believe lack of attention to this detail places students in vulnerable and potentially violent situations.
Let’s explore what their findings mean to schools in Lubbock, TX, and how you can help your students and staff stay safe.