As the new school year is about to begin, teachers and other education professionals will have a multitude of things on their mind – and a ‘To do’ list to match!
The main COVID restrictions may now be relaxed within the school environment, but the additional duties to be undertaken and the extra considerations to be made will still be a feature for some time to come. Covid testing of pupils, application of catch-up learning and perhaps even a rolling programme of pupil vaccination will keep every member of school staff extremely busy on a daily basis.
Security may not be the biggest priority
Understandably, the main focus will be the children.
Unfortunately, this means that little thought might be given to the premises and the security of the school itself. Upon full reopening, the buildings will once again be vulnerable to intruders, vandalism, theft – perhaps even fire or flooding – and each of these have the potential to bring yet more unwelcome disruption.
Late working staff may need reassurance
The big catch-up will mean that staff patterns will change from the pre-COVID norm.
The working day for most will no doubt be longer, and individuals may find themselves alone after hours in some of the more remote parts of the school. As this first term goes on, the added complication of darkness may also make staff members conscious of their personal safety and therefore introduce a reluctance to stay on site when the majority have left.
Foremost Security have education-friendly security solutions
With mobile security patrols, keyholding, manned guarding and lock & unlock services, our aim is to provide the support and reassurance which educational establishments need to protect both property and people.
We ensure that key school staff can concentrate on the most important aspects of what they do and allow the children to receive the educational input they need to bridge the gaps which remote learning left behind.
Protecting empty premises to avoid nasty surprises
For weekends and holiday periods where the school is empty, Foremost Security’s newest offering comes into its own.
Our Vacant Property Inspection service means that the property can be protected from the time that the last member of staff leaves, reducing the risk of something untoward happening when no-one is around. Trained, vetted, uniformed, SIA-accredited mobile patrol officers visit the property at an agreed frequency, recording their findings with the latest technology and providing full reports of anything they see. Issues are identified before they become real problems, criminal activity is deterred, damage is avoided, and insurance is protected.
Want to find out more? Get in touch!
Get in touch with a member of our professional team today if you have concerns about safety or security on your school premises – or if you simply want to explore the options available to start the new term with added peace of mind.