A School Security Checklist: Proven Practices to Help Strengthen K–12 School Security

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Districts continually review their school security roadmaps to better prepare for potential threats to student and staff safety — from unauthorized visitors, to fires, to possible natural disasters, up to and including violent intruders and active shooters — so we’ve compiled the following recommendations for helping reflective districts to ensure the highest levels of school security. Every K–12 district has its own requirements and legal guidelines for maximizing school security while maintaining open and nurturing environments that encourage and facilitate learning. While schools are required by states and the federal government to have security plans, schools are not required to adopt the “run, hide, fight” school security protocol issued by the federal government following the Sandy Hook incident. We urge district officials to consult with district legal counsel, local law enforcement, fire officials, and all pertinent school security experts to determine whether the following recommendations are appropriate for your district.


Campus Vulnerability Checklist

School security plan preparation & implementation

School security planing

Facility access

Boy in library

School reception areas REAS

school receptionist

Classrooms and Student Areas (auditorium, gym, cafeteria, library, band hall, etc.)

Student in gym

Administrative offices

school admin in office

Building exteriors & parking lots

School parking lot

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