ESA develops electronic security guidelines for schools

 - 
Monday, June 24, 2013

IRVING, Texas—An Electronic Security Association panel of experts recently completed the ESA Electronic Security Guidelines for Schools, a resource for school officials who are considering adding electronic security systems to existing security programs.

Available for free public download at www.ESAweb.org, the guidelines highlight the components of an effective school security program, providing an in-depth assessment of security planning, determining threats, procurement types, contractor selection, equipment types and system use.

The guidelines are the consensus of a voluntary panel of industry experts with experience securing K-12 schools. The panel was led by David Koenig, treasurer of ESA and partner of Capital Fire & Security in Madison, Wis.

“These days, schools are under more pressure to provide a safe environment for students, and technology is an important part of that,” Koenig said in a prepared statement. “We are all proud to be able to gather our knowledge and offer schools a practical tool they can use.”

The guidelines were published June 18 and presented at the Electronic Security Expo in Nashville, Tenn., during a special luncheon featuring Michael Kehoe, police chief in Newtown, Conn., and first responder to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

“This is a very comprehensive approach to security,” Kehoe said. “Each school is unique: different locations, ages of kids, physical layout and so on. This approach lets the assessment be individualized.”