K-12 School Security Guide Product Suite


The K-12 School Security Guide Product Suite is designed to provide K-12 districts and campuses with resources, tools, and strategies to improve school physical security. With these products, schools and districts will learn the steps necessary to assess vulnerabilities, strengthen security, and better protect K-12 communities.

K-12 School Security Guide (3rd Edition) and School Security Assessment Tool

The K-12 School Security Guide (3rd ed., 2022) provides a comprehensive doctrine and systems-based methodology to support schools in conducting vulnerability assessments and planning to implement layered physical security elements across K–12 districts and campuses. The primary focus of the guide is on protection and mitigation measures and strategies schools should consider in their broader school safety enterprise. The guide is designed and organized for local education agencies to employ in conjunction with the K-12 School Security Assessment Tool (SSAT), a web-based tool that provides further guidance on school physical security planning and implementation. Together, these resources outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration across the K-12 school community.

K-12 School Security Guide 3rd Ed. (2022)(.pdf, 3.3mb)

K-12 School Security Assessment Tool (2022)

K-12 School Security Assessment Tool – User Guide (2022)(.pdf, 2mb)

K-12 School Security Assessment Tool – Technical Appendix (2022)(.pdf, 2.1mb)

K-12 School Security Assessment Tool – “How-To” Video (2022) 

K-12 School Security Guide Training Companion

This training series is designed to help end users of the K-12 School Security Guide (3rd ed., 2022) develop a basic understanding of what physical security looks like in K-12 schools. The series uses principles outlined in the guide to provide users with the tools necessary to make schools safer, more secure spaces while still achieving their educational mission and maintaining a positive school climate.

Introduction

The introduction video provides an overview of the concepts and tools featured throughout the companion video series.

Module 1: Why Take This Course?

Module 1 discusses the benefit of taking this course and introduces the systems-based approach to layered physical security.  

Module 2: Analyzing Existing Systems and Needs

Module 2 covers three key concepts of school physical security: school physical security strategy; the physical security elements that help detect, delay, and respond to threats; and the physical layers of a school.

Module 3: School Security Physical Planning Process

Module 3 outlines the five steps of the school physical security planning process, including how to develop a planning team, what data to collect, and necessary analyses.

Module 4: Building a Layered System

Module 4 completes the companion with an in-depth look at the four physical layers discussed in Module 2 and how they work in a layered approach to physical security.

K-12 School Security Guide “Train the Trainer” Companion Course

This video series is designed to provide an overview of the K-12 School Security Guide Product Suite. It was created specifically for Protective Security Advisors, personnel from state-level school safety and public safety offices, and others advising school personnel on issues related to safety and security.

Introduction

The introduction video provides an overview of the concepts and tools featured throughout the train the trainer video series.

Module 1: K-12 School Security Guide

Module 1 offers a high-level overview of the intent and purpose of the K-12 School Security Guide (3rd ed., 2022). 

Module 2: School Security Assessment Tool (SSAT)

Module 2 covers the School Security Assessment Tool (SSAT), a web-based tool that provides a comprehensive physical assessment of K-12 campuses and offers actionable recommendations.

Module 3:  K-12 School Security Guide Training Companion

Module 3 details how the K-12 School Security Guide Training Companion can be used to help school personnel understand, and implement, a systems-based approach to physical security on their campuses.

K-12 School Security Guide (2nd Edition) and School Security Survey

K-12 School Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence (2nd ed., 2018) provides preventive and protective measures to address the threat of gun violence in schools. The Guide is delivered in two parts:  the first portion is a PDF with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; while the second portion is a Microsoft Excel-based security survey. Together, these documents outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration based on the results of the individual school’s responses to the survey. While the primary audience for the Guide is the K-12 community, institutions of higher education or pre-K schools may also benefit from the information presented.

K-12 School Security Guide 2nd Ed. (2018)(.pdf, 324 kb)

K-12 School Security Survey (2018)(.xlsm, 217 kb)

Additional Information

If you have questions about these products, please reach out to CISA’s School Safety Task Force (SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov) or your local Protective Security Advisor (PSA). If you do not know your local PSA, please visit https://www.cisa.gov/cisa-regions to find information on CISA’s regional contacts.

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