13 School Safety Dos and Don’ts Spotted During Site Assessments

School site assessments document the good, the bad, and the ugly. Can you spot the security dos and don’ts in these consultant photos?

13 School Safety Dos and Don’ts Spotted During Site Assessments

Although the 2020-2021 school year has come to an end, surely drawing a sigh of relief from many, K-12 schools and institutions of higher education will likely have to continue to make campus security investments pertaining to the pandemic in the upcoming school year. However, we can’t forget about the importance of maintaining other security measures already have in place.

Many school districts hire security consultants to do walkthroughs of their campuses to look for security risks. These site assessments often consist of two parts: the physical assessment of each school to identify security measures and building systems unique to each building, and an assessment of each school’s operations and security policies.

All of these aspects of school safety must be reviewed and corrected when schools reopen in the fall — no matter what the new school year may look like. Seemingly small security mistakes, such as hanging student artwork on or above a door, can put students and teachers in harm’s way and cannot be overlooked.

Can you spot both the security dos and don’ts in this slideshow?

Gary Sigrist, CEO and president of Safeguard Risk Solutions and a retired school district safety director, conducts dozens of these site assessments each year and has provided us with these photos from them. Some of the photos highlight security mistakes while others illustrate proper safety measures put in place.

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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