October 19, 2021

How can districts protect school boards, administrators as threats grow?

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An increase nationwide in disturbances at school board meetings due to charged opinions over COVID-19 masking protocols, critical race theory and transgender students’ rights, as well as threats and intimidation directed at school officials is leading local school officials to consider security measures for central office staff.

Historically, district administrators have been hesitant to invest in security measures at administrative buildings because school systems often prioritize the safety of students and teachers. District officials also don’t want to be perceived as putting resources toward their own needs. Although some central offices have installed security cameras and proximity card readers in recent years, some don’t conduct regular lockdown drills or have crisis teams or evacuation plans.

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