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Facilities/Buildings and Grounds

Structure, structure, structure – yes, the physical structure of any school building should be up to code and constructed with students’ safety in mind. The arrangements of rooms within the building, as well as the security of the grounds play major roles in the overall security and safety of a school. Due to recent weather disasters our focus has heightened concerning the stability of the school structure during this occurrence. Our society is also going green, as we look at ways to improve our school environment and make it healthy and useable for future generations.



“Facilities and grounds” have always been important topics and this continues to expand as efforts are made to make all schools a safe haven for students.

CPTED Checklist Required by SB 8

The Kentucky Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Checklist for school construction  is to be used in compliance with KRS 158.447.  This is now a part of the BG-1 process. It is designed to create open discussion among school district officials, board member and licensed design professionals (aka architects) when they begin planning for new construction or renovation projects in a school district.

Facility Checklist

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - NCEF provides a free checklist that combines the nation's best school facility assessment measures into one online source for assessing the safety and security of school buildings and grounds. NCEF Safe School Facilities Checklist

Campus Safety and Security Audit Toolkit  - by Texas School Safety Center - The audit toolkit consists of two parts, an introduction and the audit checklists. Together these constitute the audit toolkit. The toolkit can be downloaded and printed and also the checklists can be entered and stored electronically.

Public Playground Safety Checklist - U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Each year, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Most injuries occur when a child falls from the equipment onto the ground. A simple checklist to help make sure your local community or school playground is a safe place to play is provided. …

Facilities Handbooks/Manuals

Public Playground Safety Handbook - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission -  This  handbook is expected to promote greater safety awareness among those who purchase, install, and maintain public playground equipment. …CPSC staff believes that the recommendations in this handbook will contribute to greater playground safety. Some states and local jurisdictions may require compliance with this handbook and/or ASTM voluntary standards. Additionally, risk managers, insurance companies, or others may require compliance at a particular site; check with state/local jurisdictions and insurance companies for specific requirements.

KY School Facilities Planning Manual - The Division of Facilities Management publishes the KENTUCKY SCHOOL FACILITY PLANNING PROCESS to guide and assist school districts with facilities planning. ... (KY Dept. of Education)   The Appendices to the School Facilities Planning Manual  

Facility Resources

The Education Facilities Clearinghouse (EFC) is a federally-funded program awarded to the George Washington University by the U. S. Department of Education in 2013. The EFC offers education stakeholders an online library of facility research and provides public schools and universities access to training and facility experts through our technical assistance process.

Low-Cost Security Measures for School Facilities - National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities – Fifty school safety and security measures that may be implemented at little or no cost and without the use of complex technology. ...

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services – School Facilities – … The state school facilities program establishes uniform standards for schools and includes sanitary standards for operation, inspections, and enforcement procedures necessary to ensure a safe and sanitary environment. …

Emergency Management Standards for Schools  National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - discusses emergency management standards for school use and lists standards recommended by FEMA's National Incident Management System (NIMS).

16 Steps to Better School Front Entrance Security – Campus Safety Magazine - … The object of these strategies is to delay entry of an assailant long enough for police to respond and for school administrators to communicate with teachers and campus staff so they can lockdown their classrooms or evacuate, depending on the situation. …

9 Tips for More Effective School Lockdowns – Campus Safety Magazine - There is no “one size fits all” lockdown protocol that will work properly in every school because procedures must reflect differences in school design and local law enforcement response capabilities. …

Safe Room Resources – FEMA – Includes articles, publications and documents with relevant stories regarding safe room utilization along with a list of helpful guides regarding safe rooms.

Playground Safety  - Nemours Foundation - Listed are simple safety guidelines to protect children from potential hazards on the playground. Children should be taught and know the rules for playground safety … 

Window Security Film 101 - Campus Safety - … window security film can enhance access control to your facility, protect it from severe weather and make your buildings more energy efficient. …This means that classroom windows equipped with this type of security film do not allow an intruder to see anything or anyone inside the school when the lights are off.  ...