Security for schools & colleges
During this COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement to incorporate social distancing measures within schools and colleges has received significant media attention and teaching professionals and parents across the UK have had much to consider.
Whilst many arrangements have been made for the limited number of pupils who have recently been able to return to school, the ‘current normal’ for educational establishments raises more issues than just the risk from the virus itself, on-going security being one such area.
Of course, there is always a need for effective, reliable security within our schools, colleges and universities, but the latest changes in working practice mean that needs have changed too – and reliable security may be more crucial than ever before.
With fewer staff members and smaller groups of students present on a daily basis, vigilance will understandably be focussed on the safety and well-being of the children. Subsequently, constant monitoring of the entire school grounds and perimeter area just won’t be possible.
What can educational establishments do?
The first step for all should be to review current security systems and practices as part of the wider review of on-site activities. This should include an assessment of any equipment to make sure that it hasn’t become outdated and that it is in full working order and properly maintained.
2. Identify weak spots
Points of entry may usually be manned by office staff who have full visibility of who enters/ leaves throughout the day. If this level of surveillance cannot be maintained during times of reduced staffing then a new entry control system will be required, keeping track of exactly who is on-site and eliminating any unexpected (or unwanted) visitors.
3. Protect staff and pupils
Good surveillance systems make it possible to maintain visibility of activities across the whole estate, even when individual areas of the building, playground, carpark and any out-buildings cannot be manned by staff. As well as monitoring the whereabouts (and social distancing) of students, unusual or undesirable behaviour can be identified and responded to much faster.
4. Provide reassurance
Effective security provides reassurance for staff who are working alone or in a remote part of the site. With a positive effect on student behaviour, it also contributes significantly to feelings of safety and well-being for pupils and parents alike, at a time when concerns may already be heightened.
5. Comply with responsibilities
From an insurance perspective, a good security system acts as an effective deterrent but can also prove invaluable should any incidents occur. Video recordings are essential when establishing exactly what has happened, but even the presence of adequate security is in itself proof that the school takes the safety of those on site very seriously and have fulfilled their duty to protect those within their care.
With a full range of professional security solutions, including key holding/ alarm response, lock & unlocks, mobile patrols and security guards, Foremost Security can assist with every aspect of your site’s protection and compliance. If you would like to speak to one of our experienced team, or find out how we can help with your specific needs, then please navigate around our website or call us on 0115 911 0213