2008 School Safety Index Self-Assessment Tool Goes Online


CDW Government (CDW-G) has posted its 2008 School Safety Index Self-Assessment Tool online. The tool, which debuted this week at the NECC 2008 conference in San Antonio, TX, allows schools to take a survey and score their safety based on results from other schools around the country.

The 2008 School Safety Index Self-Assessment Tool is a follow-up to CDW-G's 2008 School Safety Index, released back in May, which is a benchmark for school safety, covering data security, physical security, and emergency preparedness.

"These days, technology plays a key role in helping schools ensure student and staff safety--especially with tools such as IP cameras that bridge both IT and physical security," said Bob Kirby, senior director of K-12 education for CDW-G, in a statement released this week. "While the School Safety Index shows that districts are actively pursuing security improvements, breaches keep the school safety discussion top of mind for educators, parents and community leaders. The School Safety Index Self-Assessment Tool helps stakeholders identify key areas of concern for their school or district based on their score so that they can find ways to balance security needs with other priority projects."

In the self-assessment, users answer 12 questions focused on data and physical security. Following the survey, participants will be given scores that can be compared with national averages, which were generated based on input from 400 district IT and security directors.

The self-assessment survey can be accessed here.

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