Security StratEDgy for Schools: Effective and Affordable Solutions

Parents send their children to school with the appropriate expectations that they will be safe — that children can focus on learning and growing. Safety threats trump the ability to concentrate, to learn and to grow. Unfortunately, school safety threats loom large not only in the minds of students — but also in the minds of parents, teachers, school staff and school communities.

According to the State of School Safety Report 2019, the threat of an active shooter and an intruder are among Americans’ top-three safety concerns in schools. To combat these threats, an overwhelming majority of study participants believe schools should allocate more of their budgets to physical security, among other initiatives, according to the report produced by Safe and Sound Schools in collaboration with Boston University.

If your school is ready to embark on an innovative security system, where do you begin? Integrated Security Technologies believes smart planning, clear communication and solid collaboration are the keys to properly securing your students, staff and faculty. Through our partnerships with K-12 school systems and higher education, we’ve learned that schools have their own specialized processes in place. To create a successful school security plan, you need the support of many different stakeholders, including various departments and the public. We understand and leverage those dynamics.

For more than 20 years, IST has created security strategies that school can trust. We partner with schools to improve their safety by providing smart, effective video surveillance, door locking and perimeter intrusion detection system solutions. From design through installation, maintenance and support, we offer a full lifecycle approach, bolstered by our proprietary S.H.I.E.L.D lifecycle program.

One current example is our work serving as the designated security integrator provider for the Virginia Beach City Public School System. We are providing CCTV system preventive maintenance and performing corrective action tasks for all secondary and school support facilities. We also are creating a unified security platform — centralizing all video, access control and intrusion detection for all facilities so that security status and control can be operated from anywhere on the existing network. Each department receives customized training as each department has its own set of security requirements and areas of focus.

Whether your school needs understanding of security requirements and controls, an upgrade or implementation of a security platform or education on strengthening physical systems and adding cyber safeguards, IST can help. Let’s begin a conversation on how to make progress toward increasing the safety and security of your school.