Assessment of School Security Practices Implemented at Visayas State University Tolosa in the New Normal

Authors : Marieli Cherry Catacio Cipres

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 5 - May

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This study purposely examined school security measures implemented at Visayas State University Tolosa in Eastern Visayas specifically in the Municipality of Tolosa. The Theoretical Framework of Scheider, Walker, Sprague (2000), on Safe School Design for educational leaders applying the principles of crime prevention through environmental design was used in the study. The study utilized quantitative methods for which a questionnaire was employed to elicit information on the nature of school security practices on the aspects of human, physical, technological/electronic security practices as well as from the recent Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Health (DOH) Minimum Public Health standards as adapted from CHED-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-004. The security measures included monitoring of school gates and exits, use of metal detectors and presence of security officers, as well as the emergency/crisis preparedness of the institutions. The questionnaires were administered to a total of 170 respondents all of whom are school employees. The results of the study revealed that the Institution implemented some security measures on various aspects like infrastructure/physical security, and personnel/human security practices. At some point the level effectiveness of security measures was observed very much effective for Structure/Physical security, as well as very much effective for personnel/human security measures and much effective for technological or electronic security and very much effective for the implementation of the Commission on Higher EducationDepartment of Health minimum public health standards. Overall, most of the gaps observed were on less involvement of the employees to security measures, inadequate technological and electronic security equipment. Moreover, from the recent traumatic experience of the employees of the School from a disaster affecting the region, more security personnel, including student and school employees were recommended to be trained to equip them to handle any future and similar crisis/emergency situations.

Keywords : Assessment, School, Security, Measures, Practices, Higher Educational Institution, New Normal.


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