Active Shooter Response Training For Schools (ASRTS)
Active Shooter Response protocols for schools differ greatly from those put into practice elsewhere. In addition, school response procedures differ as well; what you can ask of a middle or high-schooler you cannot expect from toddlers or smaller children. Most school Active Shooter response plans therefore focus on access control and lockdown procedures. And despite the reliance on lockdown as the central component of the response little attention is given to whether classrooms can be locked quickly and effectively. Many classrooms, for example, have observation windows which can be easily broken allowing an attacker to simply reach inside and release whatever locking mechanism is in place. School training programs must address effectiveness as well as include teaching teachers and administrators to identify potentially violent students. The number of variables that exist from school to school requires a unique curriculum be developed for each educational facility.
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