School Security is a Part of Excellence in Education

I went to pick my son up from his elementary school yesterday afternoon to take him to a medical appointment.  I was pleased to see that the staff member who is responsible for signing out students required me to hand her my driver’s license and checked my son’s name against his contact information and ran my information through a database of known sexual predators before having him brought to the office.  These simple steps take only seconds but dramatically increase the level of safety at the school.  Though security cameras can be very effective when utilized properly, properly trained and led staff can make a huge difference in school safety and security.

This school also happens to have been ranked within the top 100 elementary schools in the state for several years running.

As a parent as well as a school security expert, I am pleased to see these and other school security measures in place in my son’s rural community school.  Though abductions of students from schools are rare, they do occur with enough regularity to cause legitimate concern in any public or non-public school.

About Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a non-profit school safety center. The author of 27 books on school safety, Michael’s campus safety work has taken him to 11 countries over the past 34 years.