Each year, our nation’s schools are entrusted to provide a safe environment for approximately 55 million elementary and secondary school students in public, private, parochial and independent schools. Families and communities expect schools to keep their children safe from threats - no task is more important than creating a secure learning environment for America’s youth.
A proven and effective way to enhance security in schools is to conduct a comprehensive vulnerability assessment. These assessments provide an all-inclusive approach to analyzing a school’s climate, physical security, communications systems, and overall preparedness. A vulnerability assessment highlights and reinforces what a school is doing right to keep students and staff safe, and highlights potential areas requiring improvement.
The National School Shield’s Security Assessor Training seeks to facilitate a partnership between schools and local stakeholders in a shared commitment to more secure schools. At the conclusion of our training, participants will be adequately primed to conduct standardized school vulnerability assessments and assist schools in recognizing strengths as well as potential vulnerabilities.
1 in 6 Americans sets foot in our public schools each day 
24% of parents worry about their children's physical safety at school 
Based on a 2014-2015 school safety survey, only 24% of respondents had conducted a school safety assessment 
At the end of this training, participants should be able to:
Understand the role and responsibilities of a school security assessor
Understand the difference between threat, vulnerability and risk assessments
Identify potential threats and common vulnerabilities in the school environment
Conduct a school vulnerability assessment based on industry best practices
Discuss advantages of security personnel and SROs in the school environment
Identify and communicate emerging best practices in school security
Featuring classroom instruction, tabletop exercises and hands-on opportunities, participants will benefit from a week of specialized training, networking and practical exercises at a local K-12 school. Training topics include:
The Role of the Assessor
Types of Assessments
Defining Potential Threats
The Assessment Process
Conducting the Assessment
Physical Security Components
Physical Security Components
Security Personnel and SROs
Emergency Response Protocols
Pre/Post School Assessment Dialogue/Review
Request To Host Training
Using a curriculum carefully constructed with oversight from experts in homeland security, law enforcement training and school security, this 5-day course is designed to better prepare designated security officials to serve as school security assessors and assist in conducting school vulnerability assessments on behalf of their respective agency. Law Enforcement agencies looking to support the National School Shield® program should email to request to host a training in your area.
“Attending the National School Shield training gave me a new skill which I can use to help my community protect our children. By learning how to spot vulnerabilities, I can help all stakeholders in the safety of our children do our best to protect them. The training not only reminded me of things I had previously learned, but it gave me new resources that I can employ in assessments of any school facility.””
—Attendee from Florida
“This program combines best practices in education, safety and preparedness. The effectiveness of the materials and the goal of providing local resources at minimal cost will set the standard for school safety programs. The use of best practices will serve to enhance the safety of schools across the country.”
—Attendee from South Dakota
“The design of the course and the practical exercise was helpful in creating a consistent method of assessing schools. It provided great detail in the ways to organize an assessment that also included how to construct and present feedback to the school.”