We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to keep our nation’s K-12 schools safe by providing education, information, research, accreditation, and guidance to our communities. The NSSPA utilizes a diverse group of experts and professionals from across the nation to help the public prevent, mitigate, prepare, and respond to, and recover from emergencies primarily in a K-12 environment.
According to 2016 data, there are 131,390 private and public schools in the United States, with 56 million students and 8 million staff members.
The NSSPA is here for each and every one of you.
NSSPA members come from diverse professional backgrounds including Education, Law Enforcement, Architecture, Engineering, Facilities, Federal Government, Military, Mental Health, Fire/EMS, and the Private Sector. Our experience covers all threats of harm in the K-12 setting. All of our members are 100% volunteer.
We offer various events that help educate and inform the user regarding safety & security in our schools. We are here to help you navigate through the sometime muddy waters of safety & security in the K-12 environment.
The NSSPA relies heavily on data and the history of school violence. Because of the lack of unified codes and standards for K-12 security, we study, examine, and analyze past incidents.
We do not accept corporate donations at the NSSPA. Our goal is to stay neutral and free from influence by companies and special interest groups.
Protecting from unintentional or accidental damage, loss, injury, or death. Typically unplanned acts.
Protecting from intentional and/or man-made damage, loss, injury, or death. Typically planned and deliberate acts.
An individual active engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.
Any time a gun is fired on school grounds, involving a school bus, during a school event, during school hours, or right before or after school.
A life opening is the way in which an attacker accesses a space that contains human life. This includes the doorway, handle, lock, hinges, frame, glass/vision lite, and any side windows or adjoining glass.
The Construction Specifier Article (Construction Specifications Institute): Failures: Mitigating active shooter attacks
Security products that help prevent, deter, and protect against an active shooter are always evolving, but the way in which they are tested tends to fall behind. Continue Reading
Campus Safety Article: 7 Times ‘See Something, Say Something’ Stopped Potential Tragedies in 2021
A recent analysis of disrupted plots to commit acts of violence in schools found 94% of students shared their plans with someone, and nearly half documented their ideas in writing or online. Continue Reading
Following the attack on the Capital Building on January 6th, 2021, we have received many inquires about the effectiveness of window film in preventing, deterring, or slowing down an attack. In a brief video shot on the exterior of the building, an individual gains quick access through a window containing safety film by using a riot shield to attack the opening. Understanding the difference between safety window film and security window film is the key.
1. Provides for the reduction of risk or the occurrence of injury, loss, or death from accidental or natural causes.
2. Is designed to protect people from flying shards of glass if the glass is broken
3. Is not designed to withstand an attacker with a firearm.
1. Provides for the reduction of risk or the occurrence of injury, loss, or death from the intentional actions of man.
2. Is designed for anti-intrusion and will substantially delay and/or prevent an intruder from entering.
3. Will give more time for people inside to get to safety and for emergency response teams to arrive.
4. Is tested to much higher standards than safety film.