Shrub Oak International School Announces Plans For State-of-the-Art Security Technology To Ensure Campus Safety

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Modern security system will ensure every student’s well-being

Shrub Oak International School, a world-class special education boarding and day school that will serve an international population of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), announced development plans for a state-of-the-art security and technology system to be installed throughout the school and on campus grounds. Some of the hallmarks of the system will include:

  • Central lockdown system – Dorm rooms and classrooms, and public assembly areas will be outfitted with remote-controlled locking devices that can be activated from an emergency button worn by all security personnel. The property will be monitored by close to 400 cameras to help keep students secure by surveilling the interior and exterior of the school. By integrating smart cameras into the system, security officers will be able to track activity in real time from a central command center. In addition, all hallways will be monitored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by trained staff.
  • Emergency alert system – All staff members will be provided a wearable device, which will trigger an immediate alarm with the security staff including live video feeds and location information regarding where the alarm was activated. In an emergency, every second counts, and this technology has the potential to save valuable time.
  • Guarded entrances – Shrub Oak will be fully locked-down regularly, except for two useable entrances, one at the main lobby and another for employees, which will be guarded by security staff and tail-gate prevention devices. Building access will be restricted to only those with a pass card and security officers will automatically be alerted to unauthorized entrances or exits. For an added measure of protection, the front entrance will be protected by bullet resistant glass.
  • Enclosed and secured property – Drones with thermal cameras will be deployed over the campus’ entire 127 acres to monitor the grounds. Additionally, the campus will be completely fenced around the perimeter of the property.
  • Emergency repeater on roof – Radios are a weak point in many campuses of this size. In additional to obtaining an FCC licensed for the powerful radios that will be used, the school will also be installing a repeater at the top of their tower which will ensure that staff are able to communicate via radio from anywhere on the sprawling campus and even a few miles beyond.
  • Incident management plans – Incident plans have been designed with the help of security teams as well as local law enforcement and emergency management. These plans, which will be regularly reviewed and updated, include comprehensive protocols and procedures to respond to any critical incident including fire and natural weather disasters.

“No parent should have to worry about their child’s well-being while at school. The safety and security of schools is on the minds of parents and educators now more than ever. It is vital that plans, processes and systems be in place to protect our students and ensure peace of mind for everyone at Shrub Oak,” says Brian Koffler of KLC Security Concepts, the school’s security consultant and designer. “Shrub Oak’s top priority is to keep their children safe and foster an environment where they can focus on learning and growing into productive members of the community.”

About Shrub Oak International School
Shrub Oak International School is a world-class, private, special education boarding and day school preparing students for independent adult life and employment. Serving the sophisticated needs of an international co-ed population of young adults on the Autism Spectrum, the school’s innovative relationship-based program is grounded in evidence-based principles that build on each student’s specific needs and interests. Shrub Oak’s facility is set on 127 acres of farmland where students can learn everyday living skills in a natural environment. The campus will integrate nature, agriculture and cutting-edge technology to provide students with a sensory experience that is unmatched by any special education boarding school in the world. Its working farm includes livestock and crops set against a backdrop of open fields and wooded trails. The building will include a modern gym, a restaurant-quality kitchen and dining facility, modern common rooms for socializing, state-of-the art classrooms, career-training services, a well-appointed student hub, and well-designed dormitories. The space will also feature an indoor pool, equestrian stable, an open space for robotic development and learning, specialized art studios, theater, and gym. For more information, please visit Shrub Oak International School.

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