School security is evolving with the increased threats that present themselves. The latest in School Emergency Management Planning are Lockdown Systems...
In the case of a fire you need everyone out as quickly and calmly as possible. The Fire Alarm tells staff, visitors and pupils what to do and where to go in order to evacuate.
A lockdown is the complete opposite of an evacuation.
If a threat is outside the school you need an invacuation - a way of getting everyone inside just as fast. Any breaks or lessons being held outside are halted, external doors secured and registers taken to ensure everyone is accounted for. This is known as a partial lockdown.
More severe circumstances may require a total lockdown. This further step involves securing internal doors and windows and either:
News stories are prompting parents to ask "does my child's school have a lockdown system in place?". Parents and governing authorities want to know that you have covered the "what if" scenarios...
Can you put their minds at rest?
The first part of your lockdown procedure is a signal put in place to warn staff, visitors and pupils of a risk. This should be easy to hear around the whole site and clearly different to the Fire Alarm sound.
Depending on the type of system you have installed, Blake's may be able to integrate a Lockdown Alert Switch into your existing Fire Alarm! This means a quicker install and less upheaval. Your budget holder will be happy too!
In order to find out if your system qualifies for a Lockdown Alert integration, you require a free school security survey conducted by one of our professionals!
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The concept of a school lockdown system started in the United States. It's easy to think we don't have to worry about the tragic events they have suffered. But, although the threats may differ, the ability to get everyone inside and to a designated safe place is still a vital step towards safeguarding your pupils and staff.
The DOE and local authorities issue guidance for Senior Management Teams and Responsible Persons in schools. This now includes lockdown information. Ofsted inspections include checks and audits that can affect your overall rating. So the question isn't IF you need one but WHEN. And the answer to that is always sooner rather than later.
As with all health and safety, the first step is a thorough Risk Assessment. A lockdown could be a response to any localised external threat, such as:
...to name a few. Individual schools will have their own risks to add depending on location and surroundings.
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