Helpful Lockdown, Visitor Management Resources for K-12 Schools

In light of Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, below are some of the articles and videos on access control, lockdowns, visitor management and emergency notification featured on in the past that can help you protect your campus:


Back to Lockdown Basics

  • Schools have been using lockdown protocols with success for the past 30 to 40 years. Acts of workplace violence, emergency room shootings, K-12 and higher education shooting rampages demonstrate the need for our campuses to have this lifesaving capability.

Why Schools Need 2 Types of Lockdowns

  • Campuses must use both emergency and preventive lockdowns.

Inside/Outside Lockdown Approach Prone to Failure

  • Location-based lockdowns are unreliable and potentially dangerous.

Access Control:

The Ins and Outs of Physical Access Control

  • Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of a few basic mechanical and electronic access control systems.

Your Physical Access Control Cheat Sheet

  • Here’s a breakdown of some of the pros and cons of the more commonly used physical access control solutions available on the market today.


How to Design Effective Fences

  • Here are three ways you can prevent individuals from breaching your campus border.

Schools Don’t Need to Feel Like Prisons

  • Adopting perimeter security measures that are sturdy yet aesthetically pleasing keeps kids safe while providing a more welcoming atmosphere.

Mass Notification:

Your Emergency Notification Cheat Sheet

  • This cheat sheet breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the most commonly used emergency alert systems.

Visitor Management:

Survey: Campuses Struggling to Manage Their Guests

  • University, school and hospital protection professionals want technologies that will help them better manage visitors and reach them during emergencies.

Who’s On Your Campus? Making Visitor Security a High Priority at K-12 Schools

  • Visitor management software allows K-12 campuses to screen for sex offenders, monitor child custody, track hours worked by volunteers and staff, monitor students who leave school grounds for field trips and provide data on who comes and goes from campus facilities.

K-12 Access Control’s Weak Link: Visitor Verification

  • Most access management systems can also track guests at little or no additional expense to a campus or district.

Other Helpful Information:

Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event

  • This video by the City of Houston provides instruction for individuals who might be caught up in a workplace shooting.

Sandy Hook Tragedy Reminds Us to Review K-12 Active Shooter Basics

  • Friday’s mass shooting will force us to once again review our nation’s K-12 active shooter emergency plans, as well as the technologies and approaches to construction and renovation that can help thwart future attackes.

Columbine 10 Years Later: The State of School Safety Today

  • K-12 and university campus security programs have made huge strides since this terrible 1999 tragedy. Despite this, matters like bully prevention, technology deployment, staffing levels and funding require greater attention.


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