A question that is always in the back of our minds is, are our children safe when they are not with us? Since one of the most tragic events involving an elementary school happened in December 2012, many school districts and even daycares are making a proactive statement against these acts of violence by trying their best efforts to prevent them.
Between added security features, “crisis plans”, and local law enforcement cooperation they are being able to provide peace of mind and security to faculty, parents, and most importantly students. Quite a few school districts have upgraded their security systems to include more cameras, key card entry system for the teachers and employees, and even having a full-time police officer on the premises.
One school district in Ohio has gone further to ensure the safety of their children by teachers being able to send alerts from their phones if a lock down ever occurred. Teachers can silently communicate to the outside world without sound or vibrations, so they do not pique the interest of the intruder if they are near the classroom.
Also, a school district in Texas has included a “secure vestibule”, a bulletproof glass room. They can literally hold a visitor inside this room until they are fully cleared within the school’s system as being a non-threat or if they were a threat; their local law enforcement comes to the aid.
Lastly, daycares have taken extra pre-caution as well. Some have updated their security systems with adequate cameras and alarms as well as adding panic buttons to each room. Some daycares even provide video streaming for parents so they can check in on their child’s classroom.