A vital new guide, entitled Keep Your School Safe (KYSS), is currently en route to all Jewish schools. Parents and community members can read and print the free KYSS guide now at www.keepyourschoolsafe.com. The guide helps schools conduct a thorough security review to help them carefully evaluate and improve school safety.
The KYSS guide emphasizes the combination of existing resources along with new innovations to create a strong and manageable security program. This timely guide refers administrators to funding sources, such as available federal grants, that will allow them to achieve their safety and security goals.
The Keep Your School Safe guide includes sections on protection of school grounds, lockdown procedures, proper safety and security training for the teachers and staff, and other emergency preparedness measures. It is a practical, comprehensive, unique manual that will prove invaluable to Jewish schools everywhere.
In light of recent events, there can no longer be any doubt that all parents must encourage and maximize safety in their children’s school. We enroll our children in Jewish schools in order to impart the lessons of Torah and our heritage. Keep Your School Safe simply underscores how much Judaism values life.
Keep Your School Safe has been recommended by security organizations such as The Secure Community Network (the National Homeland Security Initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations) and SWAT members. The guide has also been recognized by the Agudath Israel of America and The Orthodox Union as an essential safety and security resource.
The initial print run of the KYSS guide is ten thousand copies. KYSS is intended for all Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Community Day schools. In addition, it will also be sent to Jewish organizations, synagogues, and camps. A similar guide is being prepared for all public and private schools throughout North America.
The author, Frank Storch, is a Security Consultant, Coordinator for CERT (the Community Emergency Response Team in Northern Park Heights, Baltimore) and an expert in security for over thirty-five years. Mr. Storch feels that the Jewish community needs no further wake-up call than the tragedy last December in Newtown, CT; it is imperative to review and tighten school safety and security measures. Frank Storch is also the founder of the guide’s sponsors, The Chesed Fund Limited and Project Ezra of Greater Baltimore, Inc.
This guide is published in memory of the faculty and students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, as well as the victims of the Boston Marathon terror attack. For more information and resources about ensuring greater protection of our children, schools, and communities, please visit www.keepyourschoolsafe.com. For any questions or comments call 410-358-2525 or email [email protected]
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