School Facilities Vulnerability Assessment
Active shooters, school violence, and physical threats are an unfortunate reality for educational facilities throughout the State of California and our nation. After every school shooting, California fusion centers receive requests to do vulnerability assessments for public and private schools across the state. In order to help resource the demand, the State Threat Assessment System (STAS) Infrastructure Protection Working Group (IPWG) created a subcommittee focused on developing a vulnerability assessment training curriculum.
Through these efforts, the “Vulnerability Assessments-School Facilities-Basic Course” was approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) on August 8, 2019. This webpage announces upcoming vulnerability assessment training, provides points of contact for each fusion center, and acts as a document library for publications that will assist in the education and promulgation of vulnerability assessment best practices.
Target Audience for this training includes:
- Law Enforcement
- School Resource Officers (SRO’s)
- School Administrators with security responsibilities
If there are any questions, comments, or concerns about the content on this page please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a STAS team member will assist you.
Fusion Center Points of Contact
California State Threat Assessment System
The State Threat Assessment System (STAS) helps safeguard the communities of California by serving as a dynamic security nexus comprised of the State, four Regional and a major urban area Fusion Center.
The STAS assists in the detection, prevention, investigation and response to criminal and terrorist activity, disseminates intelligence and facilitates communications between state, local, federal, tribal agencies and private sector partners, to help them take action on threats and public safety issues.
The STAS Members are:
- California State Threat Assessment Center (STAC)
- Central California Intelligence Center (CCIC)
- Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC)
- Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC)
- Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC)
- San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (SD-LECC)
Vulnerability Assessments for School Facilities – Excellent material for SROs and other staff responsible for safety assessments! Contact your Fusion Center for training opportunities.
SchoolSafety.gov – The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse provides the academic community with a one-stop shop for school safety best practices and resources to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow.
School Safety and Security The Federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a starting place for DHS documents, resources and tools related to school safety and security. CISA is the nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.
The links below are additional guides, samples, and resources for school safety.
- Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan and Template
- Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills
- Best Practices in School Safety and Security
- Emergency Plan for Students with Special Needs
- K-12 School Security Guide (2nd edition) and School Security Survey
- School Emergency Management Planning: Hazard Vulnerability Assessments
- Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resources Guide
- 8 Ways to Improve School Entrance Security
U.S. Secret Service School Safety Resources
- Averting Targeted School Violence
Protecting America’s Schools
- Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model