Safety at School

Safety at School: Safety Reflections


Designing safer schools is a continual process.

Recently, an elementary-age student in a Minnesota school made several 911 calls reporting a shooter with an AK-47 in his school. He reported that several victims had been shot. Before the authorities determined that the call was a hoax, hundreds of students were placed in lockdown in classrooms, law-enforcement agencies responded in force, and the local hospital was alerted. This incident raised important issues related to school safety that go beyond architectural design. This time the ...

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What's Safety at School?

Commentary about school security, safety, and thoughtful design and planning for secure schools.


James E. Rydeen

Rydeen, FAIA, is an architect/facility planning specialist and former president of Armstrong, Torseth, Skold & Rydeen, Inc. (ATS&R), Minneapolis.

Paul W. Erickson

Erickson, AIA/NCARB/REFP, is president of ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers, Minneapolis, a multi-disciplined firm specializing in pre-K to 12 and post-secondary school planning and design.
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