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Threat Detection for K-12 Schools: Pairing Safety and Security with a High-Quality Learning Environment 

John Peponias 5 Min Read | March 28, 2022
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The first priority of many K-12 schools is providing a high-quality learning experience for students, empowering faculty to deliver that education, and engaging with the community to support learning. To help deliver on that promise, it’s imperative that learning takes place in a safe and secure environment.

Threat Detection for K-12 Schools: Pairing Safety and Security with a High-Quality Learning Environment

The first priority of many K-12 schools is providing a high-quality learning experience for students, empowering faculty to deliver that education, and engaging with the community to support learning. To help deliver on that promise, it’s imperative that learning takes place in a safe and secure environment. The unfortunate reality is that many educational leaders are having to thoughtfully solve for potential safety risks when welcoming students, staff, and guests onsite. 

 

Legacy K-12 School Security

Too often, we’ve seen tragic headlines of school violence, which have created urgency for school leaders, district security teams, or campus facilities managers to address how they manage school thresholds. More often than not, this results in legacy security systems, such as metal detectors, hand wands, or increased police presence to mitigate potential threats, but there are inherent risks associated with all these. 

For example, hand wands can feel intrusive and significantly slow down the process for entering a school building. Given that time is already a limited resource for schools, it takes precious minutes away from instruction. Also, traditional metal detectors and police presence certainly don’t create a welcoming environment, and the bottlenecks these processes create present and additional risks with higher numbers of students huddled together in small, confined spaces. These screening practices do not provide for seamless and frictionless operational models.   

What we’ve seen is both a community and parental interest in improving these experiences and solving for these pain points. While crowds or high-touch security protocols are no longer acceptable, there’s also a heightened expectation that school and district leaders are taking every proactive step available to help ensure a safer and more secure building. 

It’s time for K-12 schools to create a better safety screening experiences with better results.  

Providing a Positive Experience for Students, Faculty, and Visitors 

AI-powered threat detection can offer students a seamless and frictionless experience for going to school, a streamlined operations process for school personnel to manage, and a higher degree of proactive safety and security measures. For example, STANLEY Security and Evolv Technology offer security screening solutions that can detect and address potential threats, increase throughout, and help protect your K-12 school or organization.  

That means leveraging advanced sensors and artificial intelligence to automate and simplify the security screening process, which allows schools to do things at a scale and speed they couldn’t do before and potentially with dedicated resources.  All this with greater threat detection accuracy and the ability to provide a frictionless and less intrusive experience for students, faculty, and visitors.  

  

We’re Here to Help 

Finding the right safety and security solution for your educational facility is critically important. Learn more about seamless and frictionless security technology to help manage your threshold, and let us help you increase your proactive security stance with a free consultation with one of our security experts. 

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