For a recent article in American School & University Magazine, Tysen Gannon and Devin Bowman, of AD Systems and Technical Glass Products, teamed up to address how multiple layers of security in a school create safer learning spaces for students and staff.

School lobby Improving school security is no easy task. Each school is highly specific, so it is critical to identify and layer individual measures that support the overall effectiveness of a security plan. Adding to the complexity is the importance of preserving a school’s main function—to provide a welcoming learning space for students. This can limit avenues for increasing school safety and security.

With so many overlapping concerns, taking steps to improve security can be daunting. However, thinking of safer school design from four perspectives—approach, code-compliance, proven systems, and conducive designs—can help administrators identify an effective security plan.

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