New Task Force Formed
In 2016, DSSF launched an education campaign, Opening the Door to School Safety, to address the unintended consequences of barricade devices in schools. At the time this was a growing concern but not very well known nationwide or in Canada. The campaign then reached tens of thousands via social media campaigns and a new website full of resources at www.lockdontblock.org. Unfortunately, the growing concerns about school security have made this initiative more important than it was only two years ago. This is now a number one strategic priority for DSSF, and as such, a task force has been formed to help lead the Foundation’s work on this initiative.
The task force held its first meeting to review the landscape of this issue today, the key organizations involved and understand how quickly things are progressing as school shootings are on the rise and legislative matters are moving quickly state by state. DHI President Mark Berger; DSSF President Jay Manzo, CPA; DSSF Trustees Ben Boomer, Chad Riches, and Bob Maas, FDHI; and DSSF staff Jerry Heppes, CAE, and Sharon Newport attended.
“The DSSF School Security Task Force will provide our Board of Trustees with updates and recommendations on this issue, which are coming quickly, particularly in the legislative area,” said Manzo. “We saw this coming several years ago, and we acted publicly when we launched our campaign across North America. Moving forward, we will continue to speak out, take action and provide resources to support the safety and security of our schools.”
DSSF is committed to making a difference in this area and considering strategies with key collaborators such as the Secure School Alliance, Safe and Sound Schools, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, National Association of State Fire Marshals, National Fire Protection Association, Security Industry Association, ASIS International and Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. Please continue to follow us on social media using our hashtag #LockDontBlock and visit our website for resources you can use in your area to combat this critical issue.