Impact of COVID on school access control and visitor management: has your district adapted accordingly?



As COVID continues to impact school access control and visitor management, learn how other districts have both succeeded and failed, as observed by a vulnerability expert.

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, it is clear that access control and visitor management have been significantly impacted over the past 2+ years.

COVID has challenged us to implement new tools to mitigate risk in the future, including contactless and biometric access control solutions, as well as other emerging technologies, such as contact tracing .

After making these changes, we find ourselves asking a lot of questions. Has access control and visitor management improved or regressed? Have the changes made at the start of the pandemic stuck or have they become obsolete? Would it be easy to reimplement these changes if needed? Statistics show that in-person learning is far superior to remote learning, so how do we continue to ensure student safety, both physically and health-wise?

Join us to answer these questions and discuss COVID-specific challenges, lessons learned and upsides. See how other schools have fared over the past two years, as observed by a vulnerability expert, and gather actionable insights and recommendations you can take back to your campus to continue improving and adapting control access and management of visits.


Paul Timm, Vice President – ​​Physical Security Services, Facility Engineering Associates, PC (FEA)

Paul Timm is a Board-Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP), the author of “School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Security Program,” and a nationally recognized expert in physical security. . In addition to conducting numerous vulnerability assessments and speaking frequently, Paul is an experienced crisis assistance team volunteer through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).

He is certified in Vulnerability Assessment Methodology (VAM) by Sandia National Laboratories and the ALPHAÔ Vulnerability Assessment Methodology. He is also a member of the School Safety & Security Council of ASIS International and the Risk Management Committee of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Paul recently received his master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary.


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