Partner Alliance for Safer Schools
Learn more about our free K-12 Safety & Security Guidelines!
The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) is a non-profit organization that brings together expertise from the education, public safety and industry communities to support effective safety and security practices appropriate to each district and K-12 facility, recognizing that making schools safer is both achievable and urgently needed.
The mission of PASS is to provide school administrators, school boards and public safety and security professionals with information, tools and insight needed for objective analysis and implementation of a tiered approach to securing and enhancing the safety of K-12 environments, based on local needs, proven safety and security practices, and maximizing available resources.
Expanded and updated in 2018, the PASS Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools is the most comprehensive information available on best practices specifically for securing school facilities. Accompanying the Guidelines is the PASS School Security Checklist, which provides a list of the best practices detailed in the Guidelines for assessment of which are in place, and which may need to be implemented by your school or district. PASS tools and resources are available at no charge and PASS does not endorse or recommend specific products or services.
The Guidelines respond to urgent needs for information identified by the education community, including:
- Specific actions that can effectively raise the baseline of security
- Vetted security practices specific to K-12 environments
- Objective, reliable information on available safety and security technology
- Assessment of current security measures against nationwide best practices
- Multiple options for addressing security needs identified, based on available resources
- How to distinguish needed and effective solutions from sales pitches on unnecessary products
Focused primarily on physical security/life safety and related policies, procedures, training, equipment and technology, the PASS guidelines were recently cited in recommendations by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, the Federal Commission on School Safety and the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Facilities Construction Commission School Security Report.
While the Guidelines were designed primarily for the team responsible for the security of individual schools and entire school districts, they can also be utilized by school boards, administrators, and other community leaders to inform policy development, strengthen grant proposals and bond measures, and avoid common school security pitfalls.
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