Providing safer schools for faculty and students has always been a priority, but especially now as the world continues to open back up, educational institutions across the country have been the center of attention regarding decisions on when, and to what degree, they should return to full in-person instruction. Needless to say, it’s been an interesting debate as parents, administrators, teacher unions, and community leaders try to balance student and faculty safety with the need for in-person education.
The Need for Safety Schools
For educational administrators, boards, and facility managers, providing safer schools for today’s institutions is a critical responsibility. For faculty, staff, students and parents to have a positive experience in educational institutions, there are a wealth of concerns to consider.
Managing the health and wellbeing of those entering the building has never been more important, and putting the processes in place that reflect today’s medical and security guidelines can feel like an enormous undertaking. Additionally, the security of the building and campus is always a high priority. From the front entrance to the farthest corner of the campus, administrators need real-time alerting of suspicious activity to ensure the safety of everyone inside.
According to the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), a group that queried public school principals for their 2017/2018 school year on their safety and security measures, the top three considerations that were most important for high school, middle school, and elementary schools were:
- Controlled access to buildings during school hours
- Security cameras used to monitor the schools
- Required faculty and staff to wear badges or picture IDs (for high schools, this was slightly overtaken by random sweeps for contraband)
Incorporating Smart Cameras into the Mix
To combat this, educational institutions should look to technology to augment many of these efforts. After all, many school systems are often overburdened with finding appropriate staffing, looking to teachers and other staff members to fill critical roles such as recess monitoring and after-school program staffing to ensure a safe environment for students.
As indicated above, cameras are a heavily utilized asset for school buildings. They provide a good indication of what is happening in the school as well as around the campus. Smart cameras are now beginning to make its way into the fold for many school districts, which can not only provide monitoring capabilities, but can be paired with innovative AI solutions that can analyze video feeds and proactively flag potential concerns.
Now, schools don’t need to rely on physical guards to constantly monitor the feeds. Administrators and staff can do more with fewer staff by leveraging these next-gen capabilities across their entire campus and in all educational buildings.
Additionally, these innovative solutions can help educational institutions overcome other common challenges such as enabling centralized health-screening, occupancy management, and badge reading for students and faculty. With “always-on” capabilities, an AI-enabled monitoring solution can provide real-time visuals of a campus environment. From crosswalks and parking lots to each building’s perimeter, these solutions can real-time alerts and notifications to educational staff or law enforcement to proactively address any issues.
It’s important to note that these “always-on” monitoring solutions can offer video masking capabilities to support the privacy of parents and children. The video footage is normally held and analyzed at the edge so that no data is shared or stored on any systems.
Safer schools enhance the ability for students to learn and teachers to educate. By leveraging technology, these institutions receive another layer of security and streamlined capabilities in addressing daily challenges and needs that would normally require additional staff and attention.
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