Safe Schools By Design
How to make schools safer is an age-old question. Prior to the pandemic, conversations around safety were mainly focused on the physical wellbeing of students and staff. Since 2020, as the mental health crisis among students has grown, the conversation has broadened to include emotional wellbeing. As architects and designers, the desire to create a "safer" school can feel overwhelming and insurmountable. Through their work with more than 100 school districts, public safety institutions, and security organizations, TowerPinkster has developed strategies and programs that support a safer school environment. Matt Slagle, AIA, and Director of K-12 Education, will share the latest trends in school safety, talk about the importance of emotional wellbeing, and discuss approaches TowerPinkster has taken to integrate safety in ways that are both visible and invisible to students and staff.