February 15, 2013 Leave a comment
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, from July 2009 to June 2010, there were 33 violence-related deaths in elementary and secondary schools in the United States. As recent high-profile reports of school violence across the country bring school safety to the forefront of national conversation, prevention, improving emergency management and reducing response times are top priorities. Better prevention and preparedness programs are the recommended course of action to keep our school communities safer.
School systems are actively searching for solutions and Real-Time Location System (RTLS) is a good option. The Ekahau RTLS is already being used in school systems to leverage the school’s existing Wi-Fi network with Ekahau Vision™ software to allow school staff and students to be visible at all time and provide a sophisticated alerting system that do not require map look-ups. Please see our Ekahau Case Study on School Safety for detailed information on Ekahau’s school safety solution.
We want to help school systems better prepare for safety situations and thankfully school systems are not alone in formulating school violence preparedness and prevention policies and programs. There are many resources available for parents, educators, school administrators and school board members through governmental and non-governmental agencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security have literature on creating an emergency plan and prevention of school violence, sample continuity emergency plans, information on grant funding for implementing safety projects and much more.
If you are searching for great resources to help management and possibly prevent school violence, please check out the following links.
In any emergency, every second counts. Preparedness and prevention are the recommended approaches for creating a safer school community.