Health & Safety

Facial recognition technology is more frequently being utilized in K-12 schools. But how exactly does facial recognition work?

School Safety

Q+A with a Facial Recognition Expert

We spoke to Mike Vance, Senior Director of Product Management at RealNetworks, the company behind SAFR K-12 to get a clearer picture of how their product can boost school safety.

School Safety

Colorado School Safety Committee Propose 5 Bills for 2020 Legislature

The bills drafted by the bipartisan committee stayed away from controversial ideas like arming teachers and instead focused on student mental health and safety training.

Safety & Security

Beaumont ISD Implements AI Program to Prevent Violence and Suicide

The Texas school district approved a contract with Gaggle, a software company that scans student emails and files stored on school-issued Google or Microsoft accounts.


Pennsylvania School District Hacked By Their Own Students

The students got “teacher-level access” to systems and hacked the system to obtain home addresses, in addition to GPAs, SAT scores, phone numbers and other private information about every student in the district.

School Safety & Security

South Dakota Receives $2 Million for School Security

South Dakota received three grants totaling $2 million to help school districts prevent and address threats of violence.

Regarding school security, it’s important that we see facial recognition as a tool, rather than as a panacea. Technology needs to be thoughtfully incorporated into a larger plan for it be effective.

School Safety

How to Effectively Utilize Facial Recognition for School Security

It’s been one year since St. Therese Catholic Academy in Seattle made the decision to adopt facial recognition technology as one of their security tools — here’s what they've experienced since doing so.

Green Schools

Department of Education Honors Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education recently honored 35 schools, 14 districts and four post-secondary institutions for their focus on the environment.

School Safety

Minnesota Schools Secure Entrances with State Safety Grants

Here’s a brief look at how Minnesota schools used $25 million state safety grants awarded last fall.

School Safety

Michigan SD Upgrades Security with Police Grant

The $132,545 grant will be used to install 102 new security cameras throughout the district, with 48 being installed at Pontiac High School.

Red metal hooks that can attach to the bottom of the door and bolt it to the ground were installed in nearly 50 doors at the school.

Safety & Security

New School Locks Installed at Tennessee Elementary

A 1st grade class in Manchester, Tennessee raised more than $3,000 to install safety locks at New Union Elementary School.

Safety & Security

Security Measures Added to Colorado Schools Through DHS Grant

Weld RE-5J School District in Johnstown, Colorado received a grant totaling nearly $350,000 from the Department of Homeland Security to overhaul its security system at two schools.

Researchers Study Behavior of Cross-Laminated Timber Panels in New Hall

University of Arkansas researchers hope their look at the innovative use of cross-laminated timber panels can influence future use of the materials.

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Mastering Safe Construction on the Campus Jobsite

The construction industry is bringing real-time information into centuries-old processes. Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors can collect job-site data in affordable, efficient, and effective ways, improving efficiency and safety.

Safety & Security

Madison SD Installs Electronic Door Locks, Internet-Based Phones to Enhance Safety

Madison Metropolitan School District installed electronic locks and internet-based phones with increased functionality as part of an upgraded district-wide security plan.

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Construction Methods

Winds of Change: Storm Shelter Design Guidance

In recent years, the International Building Code has mandated that all new construction for K–12 schools in most of the Midwest and South Central United States include a community storm shelter. This article will explain the requirements of storm shelter design and explore best practices for planning and construction.

Physical Safety

The Importance of Safety Locks for K–12 Schools

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Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Delivering Around-the-Clock Power

Inside the classrooms, students are able to hide along a side wall known as the “shadow zone,” where they can’t be seen by a gunman from the hallway.

Safe and Secure Schools

Michigan High School Designed to Protect Students from Mass Shootings

With the high frequency of mass shootings in the United States, Fruitport School District administrators had campus safety on their mind when designing new sections of Fruitport High School in Michigan.

Campus Safety

High School District to Pump $600k into Smarter Surveillance System

The board of a California school system has approved funding to replace legacy security camera gear. West Sonoma County Union High School District awarded the $602,948 contract to Integrated Security Controls, a regional solution provider.

School Security

PA High School Increases Policing of Students, Citing Greater Need in New, Larger Building

The additional security measures were necessary, said school officials, because the new building is a third larger than the previous one, 300,000 square feet compared to 190,000 square feet.

School Safety

Chicago-Area District Adding Secure Entrances to All Schools

The latest set of construction projects for Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21 covers installation of secure entrances at the school system's 13 schools as well as installation of air conditioning systems.

School Safety

MI Districts Add Vinyl to Windows for Security and Cooling

Two school systems in Michigan are turning to window-sized graphics for safety, security and environmental benefit. Addison Community Schools and Hudson Area Schools have both turned to sign company Insignia Graphics to design, produce and install perforated vinyl on windows in their buildings.

Facilities & Design

Building Trendy K-12 Schools

The world of education is changing more quickly and more comprehensively than ever before. Two key developments are effectively changing the traditional design of K-12 schools.

Campus Safety

What are the elements of an emergency response plan?