I have not posted here on iDigHardware since the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last week. As a mom, I’m heartbroken and needed some time to process. As a security professional, I continue to be committed to school security that also prioritizes safety and accessibility. While physical security is only one part of the equation, doors and hardware can play a critical role in safely securing schools and other facilities.
For me, the only path through tragedy and pain is to learn as much as possible from the investigations that follow and apply the lessons learned. In the days since the shooting, I have read dozens of articles and studied the early details that have been released by investigators. The information shared so far illustrates, in part, the need for layered security, as recommended in the PASS Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools.
This week’s posts will be dedicated to sharing resources that can be used to help guide decisions related to the physical security of door openings. I will begin by sharing toolkits and guidelines compiled by three organizations that play key roles in school safety and security, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), Safe and Sounds Schools, and the Security Industry Association (SIA).