STEP Up: An initiative for school safety

In 2018, Convergint established its STEP Up for Schools initiative to help strengthen school security. Working with underserved schools in communities around the world, Convergint provides free interior and exterior security system installations, upgrades, and assessments. To date, 71 schools have received security donations from Convergint through this program.

How to apply:

Schools in need of security updates can apply now to be considered for no-cost upgrades and services from Convergint through the STEP Up program. From comprehensive security audits and recommendations to the installation of new operating systems, Convergint is offering its services free of charge for qualifying underserved schools.

A message from our Vice President of Security

The safety of our country’s children when heading off to school each morning is of deep concern to our colleagues at Convergint. Enhancing school security can provide a vital level of protection for students, faculty, and visitors. In that spirit, we have created our STEP Up initiative to help strengthen security in our schools.

As part of this program, Convergint has worked with schools around the world to provide free interior and exterior security systems installations, security upgrades, and security assessments. We will continue to offer further assistance and resources for local schools in need.

Schools can also download our school safety checklist, available below. We urge schools and parents to do all they can to assure that their buildings are as secure as possible. Convergint has also provided additional resources to conduct a safety audit, to budget for safety enhancements, and to train school personnel.

As always, we strive to be our customers’ best service provider and to give back to our communities. We are carrying that mission forward with the STEP Up program.

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Tony Varco
Vice President of Security

School safety resources

Tools for strengthing school security

It’s of critical importance for school administrators to do everything in their power to enhance the effectiveness of the physical systems in and around their facilities. Here are two resources that can assist in this effort. The first is a security audit document from PASS (Partner Alliance for Safer Schools), which lays out a list of standards, developed by a coalition of law enforcement, security professionals, architects, and school administrators, that defines threats common to schools at each educational level. The second is a basic checklist of some fundamental things every school can do to strengthen security and keep students and staff safer.


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