Avoid These 10 School Safety and Security Blunders

Can you identify the safety and security mistakes made in these everyday photos taken at K-12 schools in the U.S.?

Avoid These 10 School Safety and Security Blunders

With the 2021-2022 school year underway for some and quickly approaching for others, providing students and staff with an environment that is conducive to learning largely means making sure they feel safe.

As a result, campuses are investing in site assessments to bring to light both strengths and weaknesses in their safety and security procedures. While so many are making positive improvements and learning from mistakes, others simply aren’t, and various consultants have captured these mistakes in their site assessments.

Gary Sigrist, CEO and president of Safeguard Risk Solutions and a retired school district safety director, conducts dozens of site assessments each year. During his assessments, he closely studies and critiques a wide range of safety issues, including visitor protocols, key control, after-hours emergency procedures, emergency response plans, staff training, evacuation and lockdown procedures, fencing, building ventilation, and exterior lighting — just to name a few.

Gary has generously provided us with site assessment photos to be used as learning tools for our Campus Safety readers.

Can you spot the security mistakes in these photos?

The slideshow also includes a handful of images from schools that took proper safety measures.

If your school is guilty of these or similar infractions, you’d likely benefit from a full site assessment to ensure you are taking necessary precautions to protect students and staff from a wide variety of threats.

Want some more practice? Here are links to our previous installments:

Do you have any examples you’re willing to share from your own site assessments? We would keep the school(s) anonymous. Send your photos to robin.hattersley@emeraldx.com.

About the Author


Amy is Campus Safety’s Senior Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy’s mother, brother, sister-in-law, and a handful of cousins are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

In her free time, Amy enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, her 2 children and her dog.

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