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CBS News Special on Back to School Safety Preparedness - CT/NY
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For parents worried that assaults such as last month’s Atlanta-area school shootingcould happen at their own child’s school, a new report released today offers little comfort.
The National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disaster from Save the Childrenfound that schools in 28 states had failed to meet the minimum government standards for evacuation procedures during a crisis, reuniting children with their families and basic school safety.
The school system in Marietta, Ga., however, is one that might get an A+.
Marietta High, which was built after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, has more than 100 high-def security cameras, two city police officers and halls designed straight with no corners where a gunman could hide.
Principal Leigh Colburn, who said she’d been in education for 27 years, said the “multifaceted approach to safety” gave her security.
“It does give me some peace of mind,” Colburn told ABC News. “We’re very serious about it. … There’s nothing that our parents want us to take more seriously than security.”
This year, all 11 schools in the district also installed at least one panic button in secret locations. The button is a direct line to an emergency call center across town.
Police Officer David Baldwin said the panic button was “really a break-glass-only-in-case-of-emergency type of situation.”
“It affords the school, any personnel that can’t actually get a phone call out in case of emergency, to hit this button,” Baldwin said. “It goes directly to the 911 center. … We want to take a proactive stance in the safety and security of our students and our teachers.”
Experts advised parents to ask questions at their children’s schools about security plans. They should ask whether the school holds drills and whether first responders will be provided lists of children’s and parents’ names.
“It’s a sign of the times,” Baldwin said. “It’s a reality of what today is, but it’s a step that we need to take to make sure that all precautions are taken in order to keep these kids and the faculty safe.”
|By STEVEN R. MILLER, PE, CPP, PSP|
Security 101 for the School Administrator
The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a small town in Connecticut has brought with it a lot of introspection about what could have been done to better protect these children and the adults charged with their care. School boards and schools administrators everywhere are now facing parents who want to know what is being done at their school, regardless of location, to protect their children.
The placement or installation of bullet proof/resistant materials and/or replacing every school door or window is a costly proposition.
In most cases a secure entryway is the answer to securing the school coupled with a prudent level of security around the office or visitor registration areas. However, in other cases, a mores sophisticated system for weapons detection may be a prudent answer.
Installations Inc. offers full consulting services for those that are looking to enhance the security of their schools. From entry ways to bullet resistant windows to weapons detection systems, Installations Inc. can work with you to create a security plan and design that will not only be the most cost effective, but will greatly enhance the life and personal safety of our children and teachers.
Contact Installations Inc. and we will work with you determine the appropriate level of security for you particular situation and facility. One size does not fit all when it comes to the application of security measures and at Installations we will work with you to determine what is right based on the risk specific to your situation and circumstances. In addition to our bullet resistant products, Installations offers a full range of consulting services specific to emergency procedures and preparedness.
"That's a conversation we have from time to time," said King County Executive Dow Constantine in an interview with KIRO Radio. "It's not a budgetary issue, [but] an issue of working with the drivers for the setup that's best for them."
The Amalgamated Transit Union local in Seattle has rejected calls for protective enclosures, although they have been installed in buses in other cities.
"The problem is in order to do them well, they have to be done as the bus is engineered, not after market," said Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union. "They often make the drivers feel claustrophobic and cut down on ventilation and circulation of air, so they have not been universally well received."
Bus drivers nationwide and in Canada have seen an increasing number of attacks in recent years, Hanley said. Metro Transit drivers reported 107 attacks in 2012, a sharp increase over the 85 reported by drivers in 2010.
Transit agencies nationwide have installed shields to protect drivers, including New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Metro tested shields on approximately 30 buses with over 300 drivers during a pilot project in 2010, according to Paul Bachtel, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union local in Seattle.
Ultimately, the union executive board voted against continuing it based on driver reaction and concerns about "glare, obstructions between the shield and the outside mirrors for driving the bus safely, a change in the relationship between the operator and the passengers that we thought would cause more problems, not solve problems," Bachtel said.
The international union is advocating for new security enclosures and other measures including left side doors for quick driver exits from a bus and an increased number of police officers and other security added to all transit agencies, including Metro, which partners with the King County Sheriff's Office to provide 64 uniformed and plain clothes officers throughout the system.
"We work with the drivers to identify the ways in which they can have safety and mobility. It's a conversation we often have and this will undoubtedly renew that," Constantine said.
The shooting is the worst on a Metro bus since November 28, 1998, when a man shot a driver twice as the bus crossed the Aurora Bridge. The bus plunged 50 feet off the bridge into a Fremont apartment building below. The driver, Mark McLauglin, and another passenger died. Thirty-two passengers were injured.
Despite Monday's shooting, Constantine insists Metro Transit remains safe. And he argues attacks on drivers have actually declined this year, thanks to new training.
"The fact is that we carry millions of people on a regular basis and very rarely do we have a serious incident," said Constantine.