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1 Safe and Secure Schools Task Force: Preview of Findings and Recommendations Raymond R. Wiss, Immediate Past President, NJSBA Donald Webster, Jr., Vice President for Finance Co-chairs

2 Presentations may be viewed at…

3 NJSBA Responds TCNJ Program Security Website Task Force

4 Task Force Charge Survey membership Consult with experts Review developments affecting implementation and funding Identify best practices

5 Task Force Membership Raymond R. Wiss, Immediate Past President, co-chair Donald Webster, Jr., VP for Finance, co-chair John Bulina, President, ex officio William Beck, Hackettstown BOE Tanya Coke, Montclair BOE Jay Dean, Butler BOE Christopher Musto, Lyndhurst BOE Brandon Pugh, Moorestown BOE Ronald Russell, Riverside BOE

6 Task Force Membership (continued) Paul Derin, High Point Regional BOE Paul Gorga, North Haledon BOE Lisa Kay Hartmann, Bordentown Regional BOE Ronnie Spring, Livingston BOE Staff: Frank Belluscio, Deputy Executive Director Mike Vrancik, Director of Governmental Relations Steve McGettigan, Manager of Policy Services Lou Schimenti, Policy Consultant Linda Rottloff, Human Resources Assistant

7 Experts Consulted Anthony Bland, state coordinator, Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., director of clinical training, Rutgers University Department of Psychology; director, Rutgers Social and Emotional Learning Laboratory; director, Collaborative, Rutgers' Center for Community- Based Research, Service, and Public Scholarship Anne Gregory, Ph.D., Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Jim Haslop, SSC Security, Huntingdon, PA

8 Experts Consulted William D. (Ted) Hopkins III, AIA, LEEDap, principal, Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie PC Brian J. Klimakowski, chief of police, Manchester Township Police Department, and member, Governor’s School Security Task Force Mark B. Miller, vice president, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and vice president for Educational Technology, Nixle Gary Vermeire, coordinator of the Safe and Supportive Schools Unit of the New Jersey Department of Education

9 The Backdrop video clip of NBC News broadcast following Newtown

10 POLICY and PLANNING

11 Current Requirements Safety and Security Plans N.J.A.C. 6A: Administrative Response Procedures N.J.A.C. 6A: Security Drills N.J.S.A. 18A:41-1 and N.J.S.A. 18A:41-7 Memorandum of Agreement between Law Enforcement and Schools N.J.A.C. 6A: et seq

12 Pre-Incident Planning Helps formulate security plans/protocols CSA, principal, teachers, support staff, students, maintenance, security consultants, construction code officials, emergency responders Stakeholder Committee

13 Communications GOALS: Inform staff, students, parents, community Encourage reporting of suspicious behavior around school and bus stops –Visitor access –Student drop-off –After-hours use –Changes in procedures

14 Emergency Notification Multiple Methods Automated systems All-call systems Reverse 911 Open-notification –Law enforcement, first responders, community Cross-Platform Advised Voice msg., text msg., , social networks, website

15 School Shootings: The Stark Reality In 81% of school shootings, at least one other person knew of the plan In 59%, two or more knew ahead of time Over half of the attackers spent more than 2 weeks planning

16 School Shootings: A Preventive Measure 24/7 Anonymous ‘Tip Line’ Receives phone, and text messages Relays info in “real time” to school administration and police Prevents incidents through review, investigation and action Requires student trust, cooperation

17 Video: The Path to Violence Video Clip: Path to Violence

18 The Path to Prevention Healthy Organizational Structure Mental health services/counseling Control over access to school premises Positive school Climate

19 Mental Health Services Since 2008, approximately 30 states have reduced mental health spending

20 The Shooter FBI: Common Characteristics –Low self-esteem –Victim of abuse –Severe depression, suicidal –Physical or behavioral changes VAST MAJORITY: Perpetrators associated with school

21 Student’s school shooting plot foiled CNN (2008)—A 17-year old male from Belvidere was taken into custody after school administrators heard about the plan from worried students and contacted local police. …the school psychologist reported the student had behavioral problems and had recently undergone a sudden change in behavior…

22 Healthy Organizational Structure Builds trust among students and staff Promotes a secure environment Advances academic achievement Enables school officials to identify students at risk

23 Internal Threat Assessment Team: Does Your District Have One? Administrator School Research Officer (SRO) Mental Health Professionals School Legal Representative Teachers

24 School Climate: What the Experts Say Dr. Maurice J. Elias: Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab Social, Emotional and Character Development Social Emotional Learning Respectful School Climate (reduction of HIB)

25 Dr. Anne Gregory Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers School climate: As powerful a predictor of academic success as demographics. Unlike demographics, climate can be changed Authoritative Structure: consistency, support, accountability School Climate: What the Experts Say

26 Physical Security: Personnel Architecture Equipment

27 Do we want out schools to look like this?

28 …or like this?

29 Principles of Security Identify threat Assess the threat Manage the threat Deter, slow and detain

30 Homeland Security Standards Barrier to block vehicles Mailboxes, trash bins and package pick-up/drop-off 33 feet from entrance Principal/Vice-Principal offices not visible from public areas Utility rooms distant from main entrance and parking areas

31 Homeland Security Standards 2 emergency control centers in new buildings Exterior perimeter lighting Lockable and alarmed ground-level doors and windows Locked and alarmed roof-level doors and hatches and HVAC equipment

32 $ecuring Our $chools: The Cost Ballistic Film: $14 to $16 per square foot Surveillance Cameras: $2,500 per camera, or $150,000 to $250,000 for system Hardware/Locks: $350 per door Card Readers: $750 per door Entry Buzzers: $2,000 per door Bullet-Proof Glass in Vestibule: Up to $100,000

33 The Path to Violence Video Clip

34 Security/Law Enforcement Presence School Resource Officers (SRO) Retired police officers Private security (armed/unarmed) Class II officers

35 Financial Obstacles Identified by board presidents and school business administrators— 2% tax levy cap (most frequent) Limited state aid Lack of funding for SROs

36 Current Methods to Fund Security Identified by board presidents and school business administrators— Operating budget – 55.1% Reallocation of funds – 16.8% Capital reserve – 10.2% Grants – 9.7% Construction bond proceeds – 4.6% Municipal support for SRO – 3.6%

37 Securing Our Schools: The Wish List Survey question: 3 steps you would take to improve security…if you had the funds

38 Top 3 Low-Cost Security Enhancements Deter, Slow, Detain Classroom Door Hardware (purchased over time, starting with entry) Interior doors/partitions to contain visitors to entry area Ballistic Film Recommended by William D. “Ted” Hopkins, AIA, Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie PC

39 Other Low-Cost, No-Cost Enhancements Trim trees/shrubs Eliminate “hiding” places Secure roof hatches & HVAC equipment Fence off exterior blind spots Cut off outside access to windows and roofs Slow traffic with stop signs, pavement markings and speed bumps

40 The Path to Violence Video Clip Kenneth Trump, National School Safety and Security Services

41 Next Steps for Task Force Identify Best Practices –Available technology –Community relations –Policy Develop Recommendations –Security personnel –Working with law enforcement –School climate

42 Next Steps for Task Force Issue Report to the NJSBA Membership Contribute to Legislature’s Security Task Force –Don Webster NJSBA’s representative


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