The National Fire and Protection Agency met regarding school safety in particular, reviewing the current codes, procedures and standards set for security systems. Some of the top themes of the meeting held at University of Maryland, College Park, included :
- Current codes do not address security threats– security is not a specific scope or goal
- Current resources are at acceptable levels but are not mandated for adoption
- There is a need to incorporate door-locking and evacuation and relocation concepts that are contrary to current standards.
- Who would enforce the security-related aspects needs to be determined?
- The security/risk management process must be tailored to the environment
- There is not a single security threat but rather numerous security threats.
- There needs to be agreement on standardized terminology and definitions for lockdowns/lockouts
- Every school and college must have a visitor plan
- All stakeholders– first responders, designers, administrators, and faculty, must be engaged.
The full report can be viewed here . The document poses great questions and suggests answers for pressing security matters in the realm of school safety, but many of these items are still being addressed, and still need answers.