School Safety Resources

By Drew Thomason posted 03-01-2018 10:56


Administrator Academies Focusing On School Safety

Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This workshop gives school leaders a framework and the knowledge to create a comprehensive plan and learn more about essential topics such as mental illness, depression, suicidal ideation, intervention and prevention strategies.

Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management

This academy offers threat assessment training considered to be “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service and will enable participants to assess the severity of a threat, analyze the safety of the students and staff, and develop a plan of action to protect them. Valuable resources, including documentation, scripted protocols as well as guidance for decision making for students with IEP’s, 504, and/or BIP plans and SB100 compliance are included with the course.

School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach
It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding.

IPA Value-Added School Safety Programs

Guard 911
IPA is excited to announce a new partnership with the Guard911 family of apps, including SchoolGuard® to protect K-12 schools. The SchoolGuard® app provides a panic button for teachers and staff by immediately alerting nearby law enforcement through the Hero911® rapid-response network while simultaneously calling 911 with the touch of a single button. There is a one-time only setup/activation fee of $1,000 per property (discounted with multiple properties within a district) and a monthly service fee thereafter of $99 per property which includes unlimited, approved users.

The Illinois Assocation of School Boards and Illinois Association of School Administrators join IPA in partnership with SchoolGuard to help keep the entire state of Illinois safe. More information can be found here.

Navigate Prepared
NaviGate Prepared is a proven school safety emergency response system designed to assist and prepare school officials and first responders for crisis situations. The secure, cloud-based platform offers 911 dispatch centers and emergency personnel real-time Internet access of a school’s facility and safety information before, during and after a crisis. Developed by Lauren Innovations, NaviGate Prepared is SAFETY Act Designated as an anti-terrorism-level technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For more information, visit

Other Resources

Evaluating Your School Safety Plan
School Safety Resources from NAESP
Can School Shootings Be Prevented?​​
FBI Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters
Enhancing School Safety Using A Threat Assessment Model