There is, unfortunately, a heightened need to both consider and deliver greater security in all types of schools across the USA. Whether it is an Elementary or High School, there is a need to ensure that everything possible is done to protect our children as recent events so tragically prove.
Every School District in the nation has been considering these issues even more seriously of late. The focus on the increased spend has been very much on access control. How do we stop unwanted visitors from entering school premises? What can we do to gain early warning of an intrusion? So we have actively invested in camera/alarm combinations, video systems and even in some cases, security guards. These are, of course, valid and appropriate steps to take.
But schools, by their very nature, have a large perimeter and cannot be 100% secure. So what happens when an unwanted visitor gains access to the grounds or buildings?