Window Films and Screens: A School Safety Alternative

Consultants of the Crown Point, Ind.-based Van Gorp Group recently attended the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) conference held in French Lick, Ind., May 11-13, where many attendees were pricing bullet resistant glass for their school entryways. Van Gorp Group is dedicated to protecting children and schools, but also to providing cost effective security alternatives.

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Window Film: A Necessary Safety Measure for Schools

A school is meant to be a safe place for students to learn. In light of recent tragic events in our nation’s schools, school leaders and construction managers are now forced to consider a wide range of solutions to improve the safety of their facilities.

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N.J. Task Force Issues School Safety Recommendations

TRENTON, N.J. — A new 59-page report issued by the New Jersey School Security Task Force, a multi-agency group tasked with identifying ways to improve security at New Jersey schools, outlines more than 40 recommendations for increasing student and teacher safety. These include establishing a School Safety Specialist Academy, improving emergency response times and increasing the use of trained school resource officers.

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Georgia Universities Aim to Improve Campus Safety

ATLANTA — The Atlanta-based University System of Georgia (USG) Campus Safety and Security Committee — co-chaired by Presidents Steve Dorman of Georgia College & State University and G.P. “Bud” Peterson of the Georgia Institute of Technology — published its May 19 report on the state of campus security across Georgia colleges and universities. The report outlined the USG’s plans to institute a broad safety initiative in the coming year and to provide incoming freshmen across all 30 campuses with mandatory sexual-assault training.

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Assa Abloy Teams with School Safety Organization

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Safe and Sound, a nonprofit organization founded by families directly affected by the Dec. 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., recently gained the backing of door safety and security solutions firm Assa Abloy.

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Pennsylvania Invests in School Safety

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett and Senator Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, have announced the award of $6.5 million in statewide school safety grants. The Pennsylvania lawmakers made the announcement at a May 6 press conference during which they discussed the importance of providing a safe learning environment for students.

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