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ISJ November 2015: Finding creative solutions to the security challenges terrorism is bringing to international schools


John Bastable


It is a sad reality that the impact of an act of terrorism must now be considered in the day-to-day life of an international school. A more connected world (physically and virtually) has allowed conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere to directly affect the security of schools and staff in the region and beyond.

Recognising that schools have become legitimate and potentially high-value targets for terrorists, school leaders and school boards must find creative ways to ensure their employees and the families in their schools are protected. In addition to the brutally obvious consequences posed by this ever-present menace, we must consider the negative second order effects it can have on the recruitment and retention of staff and student enrolment, whilst remaining aware of the impact a fortress mentality can have on the learning environment and student performance.