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- A Washington appeals court has ruled that a bus surveillance tape recorded by a public school cannot be released to the parents of one of the bus riders. In the case, the parents argued that the school was required to turn over the tape—showing their child being hit by another student—under the state’s public disclosure law. The law requires that the state turn over public records unless the release is specifically exempt from the law. The school argued that records relating to disciplinary issues are exempt from the law. The court agreed. (Lindeman v. Kelso School District No. 458, Washington Court of Appeals, No. 31825-3-II, 2005)

A New Course for Card Access

- At SUNY’s University at Albany, access control devices—and security—are being enhanced in an ongoing project.

Campus Safety

- A report on fires in student housing finds that most occurred off-campus.

Schools Get FERPA Guidance

- The Department of Education has developed guidelines and brochures for school officials and parents to better understand students' privacy rights.

Campus Crime

- A new handlbook helps explain reporting requirements.

Forgers Born, Not Made?

- School children are told that “practice makes perfect,” in skills such as penmanship. When it comes to amateur forgeries, however, that bit of childhood wisdom might not hold true.

Today’s Lesson: Tip Lines

- The key to school security is proactive intelligence gathering. A tip line can help.

One in a Million

- Schools learn a lesson about security.

Keeping Students Safe

- Broward County in Florida tells how an electronic visitor management system helps its schools keep out sex offenders and others who might endanger students.

Smart Solutions to Security Problems

- A historic New York university installs modern access control in new dorms.

School safety

- A bill (A.B. 2809) pending before the California Assembly would require the state superintendent of schools to provide funds to school districts to promote school safety and reduce school violence. The bill would also require that the state department of education develop policies to prevent bullying and promote conflict resolution. The department would then make these policies available to individual schools.

ASIS News- Mira Mesa Wins ASIS School Security Funding Competition

- Mira Mesa High School of San Diego, California, wins the ASIS School Funding Competition

Security Not Spartan at MSU

- Security is anything but Spartan at Michigan State University. Find out how its police department originally set out to protect its campus from fire and ended up installing a large access control system.

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