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Communication, Collaboration and Continuous Improvement

Safety & security initiatives such as interior and exterior surveillance cameras on all school campuses, in which the Waterford Police Department has access; swipe card access in all buildings; purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for every building; development and implementation of a bio-security and pandemic plan; large scale emergency drills; staff emergency training; mental health services; Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs (ATOD) prevention; digital bus cameras; alarm upgrades; and an emergency notification system.

The Waterford School District implemented Blackboard Connect , an emergency notification and communication system, which allows school staff the ability to schedule and send messages to thousands of parents and staff in just minutes.

The Waterford School District is committed to school-wide safety and all renovations and new construction plans, which are part of the District’s master plan, include this focus. In December, the Waterford School District superintendent, assistant superintendent, safety and security director, facilities manager, architect, and independent security consultant conducted security assessments of all District buildings to determine potential threats and recommended enhancements to school security. Master plan enhancements include:

1. Ensuring that all main entrances are located near the main office for better access control and to make necessary changes to ensure a secure entrance during school hours.

2. Retrofitting classroom door lock mechanisms, where needed, so doors may be locked from the inside.

Submitted by Community Member 1 year ago

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  1. I agree with technology and training, but seeing how you are only as strong as your weakest link, I see the solution being a blend. However technology should be designed to reduce the human factor, sensors,cameras are only as good as the staff maning them (human factor) their efficiency is the weak link.

    The goal should be to make the technology more pro active(Control) the data (inputs) and have automated responses based on tested algorithiums and gauge performance test to measure improvements and make the necessary changes. Test, test, test, train, train train

    and get rid of your weak links.. if you are not moving forward you are backing up...sum it up you need gods eye view and control or you just have pretty pictures with mega resolution of the scene after the tragedy,

    Solution: Design better automated controls, improve detection, diagnostic and response speed. More detailed information, more collaboration between agencies and use of every available input (including individuals) and method to prioritize the data. Finally test,test, test Without measures and means to gauge improvements

    Are YOU anymore prepared or improving? I have to be up front we are in this field and we do this type of technology we call "God's Eye view" trying to eliminate the human factor

    1 year ago
  2. All right on target. As these "bricks and mortar" components add to a comprehensive plan, looks like you also have socio/emotional programming -- a hugely underdeveloped part of many school plans. Please see the Rachels Challenge idea I posted as I think it would contribute to what you already have as an effective school leadership team.

    1 year ago
  3. Some simple suggestions: Develop a 'Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment', Develop an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), Develop and conduct a Training and Exercise Plan Workshop (T&EPW), develop a Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan, implement building security to federal building security guidelines, develop a Exercise Plan (Ex-PLN), conduct a progression of exercises to validate training, equipment,methods and procedures (HSEEP).

    http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/emischool/

    National Incident Management System Courses, The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Education recommend all key personnel involved in school emergency management and incident response take the NIMS, ICS, and NRF training courses and support the implementation of NIMS.

    The issue is always unauthorized entry and presence not the firearm. Any perpetrator can select a different device and method to extract the same or greater result. Accordingly, prohibiting unauthored entry is the core resolution. Solid doors requiring card-keys avoids an unauthorized individual breaking a glass window on a door to gain entrance.

    1 year ago
  4. I agree but think this would be better described as controlled access point(s), which is also related to another comment under another idea.

    1 year ago
  5. I appreciate everyones input and you folks have taken a more micro view or nuts and bolts, if I am following your thought process, with some of your input given I have to confess I cannot speak intelligently as I do not know your references. I will research your answers and come back with quality questions as I want to help and not slow your progress.

    1 year ago
  6. The issue is always unauthorized entry and presence not the firearm. Any perpetrator can select a different device and method to extract the same or greater result. Accordingly, prohibiting unauthored entry is the core resolution. Solid doors requiring card-keys avoids an unauthorized individual breaking a glass window on a door to gain entrance.

    1 year ago