SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY
Overview

Quest provides comprehensive and integrated school safety and security services including:

 

  • Incident / crisis team management
  • Site vulnerability assessments
  • Safety / security plan
  • Review & planning
  • Plan development
  • Plan implementation
  • Plan updating / training plan testing

 

School Safety, Security and Vulnerability Assessments

Quest's proven assessment plan includes 4 phases.

 

Phase I: Physical Security Assessment

Quest reviews your current security policy, procedures, and systems; conduct fact gathering interviews a complete overview and analysis of existing conditions as it pertains to the school's buildings and grounds. Our site security survey includes access control, cameras, lighting, doors, windows, roof and vent access, security system hardware, alarm and detections services, lock and key control, fire alarm, perimeter security, points of concealment, storage of hazardous materials, etc.

 

We team with you to identify exposures and potential liabilities including identifying areas on school property that can be dangerous to students, visitors and staff. We can provide immediate assistance in high-risk areas and develop plans that can be implemented quickly at operational levels in cost effective ways. We are sensitive to the safety and security of the school as well as an understanding of cost, time and public image.

 

We will conduct an in-depth threat vulnerability assessment, including computer system security assessment. Review school expansion plans.

 

At the close of Phase I, Quest will provide a comprehensive Physical Security Assessment report with findings and recommendations. The report will identify strengths, areas for improvements and a plan of action to fortify the areas of improvement.

 

Phase II: Interview Process

This phase focuses attention on the overall perception of safety and security by your administrative staff, teachers, parents, and support personnel. These interviews have a tremendous value and importance as they provide all of the stakeholders an opportunity to discuss concerns, observations, and recommendations on a variety of issues that are familiar to them. Interviews are conducted in settings that ensure integrity and objectivity to the assessment process. Interviews draw from a wide and diverse range of individuals who are knowledgeable about the schools. We feel the understanding of what challenges students and teachers face is an integral part of the planning process. Following these interviews, we prepare a comprehensive report with findings and recommendations. Whereas, Phase I reviews security from the outside in, Phase II reviews existing conditions from the inside out.

 

At the close of Phase II, Quest will provide a full internal security assessment report. The report will identify strengths, areas for improvement and a possible plan of action to work on these opportunities for improvement.

 

Phase III: Crisis Management

Quest believes that effective crisis management plans provide the capability to respond in a crisis or emergency situation. We conduct reviews of existing crisis management and emergency response plans, looking at ways to improve and enhance these plans. In Phase III, we examine the following:

 

  • Identify and assess threat vulnerability potential and exposure regarding the following emergency conditions:
    • Fire
    • Flood
    • Severe weather
    • School bus accidents or incident
    • Bomb threat
    • School shooting
    • Chemical or other hazardous material incident
    • Student or staff death (suicide, homicide, or natural)
    • Acts of terror or war
    • Medical emergencies
    • Student/Teacher violence
  • Review existing crisis management and emergency response plans.
  • Review emergency evacuation plans, transportation, escape and evacuation routes, and relocation and recovery areas.
  • We provide you the opportunity to build a strong working relationship with local police, fire, and emergency management personnel and to understand their roles, responsibilities and capabilities. Your plan is based on these roles, responsibilities and capabilities. If you choose to use our 24/7 option, we implement the plan we have worked out for you, work in coordination with emergency operations personnel, law enforcement and local authorities and the press.
  • When we assist you in plan writing we review 911 system and existing backup systems.
  • We review media liaison procedures.
  • Incident / crisis team management
  • Site vulnerability assessments
  • Safety / security plan
  • Review & planning
  • Plan development
  • Plan implementation
  • Plan updating / training plan testing

 

At the close of Phase III, Quest will provide a comprehensive report with findings and recommendations.

 

Phase IV: Recovery / Business Resumption

During this phase, Quest will assist you in documenting the incident for your insurance and all other reporting needs. We can provide you with a video or photo history of the incident and will partner with you until you are back to normal operations.