COVID-19’s ‘Silver Linings’ for School Safety and Security
School security expert Paul Timm discusses some of the improvements that resulted from the pandemic that will most likely impact campuses for years to come.
There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic we all have been experiencing over the past couple of years has been traumatic and tragic. Nearly a million Americans have died and millions more have lost loved ones as a result of this dreaded disease.
That said, there have been some positive developments in school safety and security that have resulted.
One of them is the elevation of the school security practitioner and physical security from being considered a “necessary evil,” according to FEA Vice President Paul Timm.
“The pandemic kind of made everybody say, ‘Hold on… we need to put our heads together. We need a collaborative approach.’ That has really elevated the standing and amplified the voice of the security practitioner.”
In our discussion, Paul also talks about the elevated roles of:
- Wayfinding, access control, and visitor management: 3:23
- Nurses and mental health: 4:33
- Distance learning: 5:44
- Security technology: 6:57
- New funding that’s now available through CARES and ARPA: 7:51
All of these developments will most likely positively impact school security and safety programs for years to come.
So, let’s hear about some of the positive things that have come out of the pandemic.