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1 Making Your Schools More Secure Minnesota Association of School Business Officials November 15, 2013 Shamus O Meara O'M eara, Leer, Wagner, Kohl S P O Mear O L W K l a w.c o m Chris Gibbs DLR Group C G i b b r g r o u p. c o m Agenda Emergency Management Overview Architecture for Education Today Architecture of Crime Prevention Surveillance Access Control Territorial Reinforcement The Human Factor Discussion Emergency Management Statutory Requirements School Districts and Charter Schools must adopt a Crisis Management Policy to address potential violent crisis situations Developed cooperatively with administrators, teachers, employees, students, parents, community members, law enforcement, medical responders, emergency management, and others Five school lock-down drills, five fire drills, one tornado drill (also applies to private schools and educational institutions) Must Take an All Hazards approach MDE must make available Model Crisis Management Policy (MSBA/MASA Model Policy developed collaboratively between MDE, MDPS, MSBA, and Homeland Security) 1

2 Emergency Management -- All Hazards Natural Earthquakes, tornados, floods Technological Power outages, nearby nuclear plant Infrastructure Roads and bridges, utilities Nonstructural Portable room dividers, bookshelves, suspended ceilings and light fixtures Man-made Hazardous materials release, terrorism Biological Pandemic flu, contaminated food Physical wellbeing broken bones, suicide Student culture and climate bullying, drugs, violent behavior Emergency Management OSHA OSHA Act of employers must have site specific employee emergency plans. workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm, including prevention and control of workplace violence. Clear evacuation plan and other systems and trainings to ensure workplace safety and adequate emergency response plans Emergency Management Standard NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management. Prevention, mitigation, preparation, response and recovery from emergencies for public, non-profit and private entities In 2007, Congress Adopted 9/11 Commission s Recognition of NFPA 1600 (as recommended by ANSI) Updated 2013 Precursor to mandatory preparedness standards 2

3 Emergency Management 9/11 Commission We endorse the American National Standards Institute s recommended standard for private preparedness. We believe that compliance with the standard should define the standard of care owed by a company to its employees and the public for legal purposes. The Old Way The New Way Prevention & Mitigation Preparedness Recovery Response 3

4 Community Partners The New Way Public Health Local Government Public Safety School District (including teachers, staff, parents, students) Mental Health Law Enforcement Emergency Management Emergency Management Plans All Hazards approach Developed collaboratively with community partners Based upon sound data and information Practiced on a regular basis Continually reviewed and updated Living documents Command structure (NIMS) Tailored to conditions of individual buildings Address all four phases of emergency management National Incident Management System (NIMS) Comprehensive, national approach to incident management; across all jurisdictional levels and disciplines Local education agencies (schools) receiving federal grants must support NIMS Incident Command System ( ICS ). Standardized, on-scene, all-hazard management using Best Practices to facilitate integrated, organizational structure matching complexities of single or multiple incidents without hinderance by jurisdictional boundaries. 4

5 Learning is NOT what it used to be thankfully! THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW 5

6 21 ST CENTURY CHANGES Learning environments to support the needs of ALL students Project-based Learning/Critical Thinking Community Involved Flexibility Personalized Technology Rich Collaborative KIDS LEARN DIFFERENTLY GENERATION X: : First generation to grow up with technology GENERATION Y: : Now rely on technology to perform jobs GENERATION Z: 2001-PRESENT: Accustomed to figuring out what they like to do and doing it on their own because of more self-discipline STUDENT-CENTERED SCHOOL STUDIO INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIO STUDIO THINK TANK SMALL WORKSHOP THINK TANK OPEN BOX THINK TANK LARGE WORKSHOP THINK TANK ADMIN LARGE WORKSHOP 6

7 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design: Design principles that deter crime by influencing offender decisions preceding bad behavior or criminal acts. Areas of Focus: Surveillance Access Control Territorial Reinforcement What is CPTED? Surveillance See and be seen! Landscape density and height Good sight lines Lighting exterior and interior Windows Building configuration Adult-occupied areas throughout building Doorless restrooms 7

8 Outward Visibility Principal s Office Reception Passive Surveillance Visibility & Transparency 8

9 Surveillance & Supervision Clear View / Wide Alcoves Visibility & Transparency Hiding Places Passive Surveillance Goal: View maximum area with minimum staff. 9

10 TEST A supervision nightmare! What is CPTED? Access Control Limit Entry Points 10

11 Access Control Visitor Entry Access Control Administration Panic Button 11

12 Building Lockdown Classroom Layout What is CPTED? Territorial Reinforcement 12

13 Territorial Reinforcement Create or extend a sphere of influence using paving treatments, landscaping, and signage to clearly identify campus boundaries. Territorial Reinforcement Monuments convey a sense of importance and respect. Territorial Reinforcement Broken Window Theory : A well maintained campus may stop further vandalism and avoid escalation into more serious crime. Schools with better building conditions have lower rate of behavioral problems. Rapid maintenance response conveys pride and ownership. 13

14 The Human Factor Intrusion Technology Detection Considerations Video Surveillance Access Control Intrusion Detection Door Position Switches Motion Detectors Glass Break Sensors Sound Detectors Advantages $ Detects Intrusion $ Notifies Authorities $ Minimizes Property Damage Disadvantages $ Difficult to Manage $ False Alarms $ Doesn t stop the initial act 14

15 Video Surveillance Records Events May identify perpetrators Advantages $ Excellent Deterrent $ Incident on Record $ Cost Disadvantages $ May convey false sense of safety Access Control Systems Electronic Access / Proximity Cards Biometric iris or thumb scanners Advantages $ Easy to manage $ No lost key/rekeying $ Tracks access to facilities Disadvantages $ Difficult to add to existing facilities $ Higher cost Resources International CPTED Association CPTED Training CPTE D / Scho ol Desig n Dept. of Homeland Security School Safety Dept. of Homeland Security Run! Hide! Fight! Video National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. CPTED for Schools: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design 15

16 Funding Grant Funding School security grants: FEMA s Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) can be used for planning, purchasing equipment, training, and other efforts to support school security. Discussion Contact Information Shamus O Meara O'Meara, Leer, Wagner, Kohl Chris Gibbs DLR Group group.com

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