Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)
High School Adds New Layer of Security
Ohio’s Canfield High School improves school safety with
frontline ballistic protection
The need for innovative solutions to counter the U.S.
school shooting epidemic becomes
more urgent each day, as our country
now experiences an incident almost every
week, according to public service website
EveryTown for Gun Safety. It’s an eyeopening
statistic for school administrators
and parents who prefer to believe those
situations can’t occur under their watch.
Canfield High School, named as one of
Newsweek’s Top Public High Schools in
2016, responded to that statistic. The Ohio
school wanted to provide a high level of
security while maintaining an open and
inviting learning environment. The school
also needed a solution that would work
with its existing Emergency Action Plan
and response protocol training, the ALICE
(Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate)
methodology. The school selected
and installed WonderTiles from Safe Place
Solutions to meet those needs.
The customized ballistic surface
tiles were installed to harden public and
communal areas of the school. Built to
withstand up to NIJ Level III attacks, WonderTiles
offer the highest level of ballistic
personal protection currently available.
Should the school ever need to employ
Lockdown mode as part of the ALICE
protocol, the tiles will be in place to protect
the school and occupants.
“Safe Place Solutions has effectively
covered our students and faculty against
the threat of an active shooter attack,” says
Canfield schools Superintendent Alex Geordan.
“Our ALICE protocol combined with
the WonderTiles protection will buy time
until help arrives.”
Safe Place Solutions is a subsidiary of
Clifton Steel, a pioneer in the design and
manufacturing of ballistic armor for the
U.S. military for more than two decades.
Safe Place Solutions creates a range of ballistic
products that help provide additional
layers of protection, empowering administrators
to implement the most comprehensive
protection plans available. For more
information, visit blockbullets.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of School Planning & Management.