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Yonkers security director Brian Schulder follows these principles in keeping schools secure.

Yonkers security director Brian Schulder follows these principles to keep schools secure.

Security chief relies on his experience as a teacher in his job overseeing 39 schools and 70 officers.

Keeping Students Safe Every Day, a book about preparing for and responding to school violence, natural disasters and other hazards, offers insights on creating emergency operations plans that follow government guidelines. 

Michael Dorn is the executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit K12 school safety center.

Fidelity testing concepts can be applied to more effectively evaluate almost any policy, procedure, technology, equipment or training program relating to school safety. Simulations reveal how school personnel will react in a crisis.

In their new book, Amanda Klinger (pictured) and her coauthor and mother, Amy Klinger, spell out the key elements of a living emergency plan that address unique circumstances at individual schools.

Most schools have adopted emergency plans to respond to active shooter events. But in a new book, Amanda Klinger reports that these plans often don’t address more likely situations such as severe weather, chemical spills or health crises.

Tina H. Weaver is the director of administration for Madison County Public Schools in Virginia.

Five considerations for successfully incorporating transportation employees into behavioral intervention systems.

The alarming rate of school shootings in recent years has led to the creation of emergency notification systems that can send various types of messages to multiple devices, giving administrators more control.

Ty E. Howard is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. He regularly represents educational institutions in matters involving compliance, litigation, internal investigations, Title IX issues and related matters.

School investigations pose special challenges. The risks are often high, and school leaders, even those well-versed in typical legal issues, may be inexperienced in conducting investigations. Here are best practices for avoiding a legal nightmare.

District CIOs recommend following the Cybersecurity Framework created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST. The model recommends five functions to address cybersecurity threats.

When securing edtech infrastructure, district leaders must concentrate on six layers of security—physical, network, applications, content, endpoint and cloud/data centers—to build a comprehensive defense against increasing and evolving cyberattacks.

Eileen Belastock is chief technology officer for Mount Greylock Regional School District in Massachusetts.

Voice-activated tools can create more immersive learning experiences, but school leaders need to consider the potential privacy risks and to safeguard student data.

Individuals can use this browser-based system to send color-coded email and text alerts to administrators and first responders through networked devices, such as desktops and smartphones. 

Betsy Hanger, an instructor with the nonprofit Mindful Schools, describes what mindfulness looks like as elementary students age.

FINDING INNER PEACE—Students in summer school at McKinley-Brighton Elementary in Syracuse, New York, practice mindfulness and yoga for 30 minutes every day.

But this only works if students practice mindfulness daily, and they do during summer school at a Syracuse, New York, elementary. Schools can change a punitive culture by training teachers to practice mindfulness and meditation, too.

The recent shooting, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has rekindled the hot debate about gun control in the United States.  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), a proponent of more restrictions on firearms, argued, "This happens nowhere else, other than the United States of America. It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else."2

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