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May 25, 2018

4/26/2018 11:55:00 AM
Safe School assessment held; lockdown drill practiced

By Gretta Becay

The importance of students' safety just continues to escalate. From Columbine in 1999 to Parkland in February, from tornadoes to hurricanes, the issue of school building security keeps moving up the list of priorities for community members, school staff and many layers of government.

On April 16, Byron school district officials and representatives from local law enforcement met with employees from the Homeland Security and Emergency Management School Safety Center to review the district's emergency preparedness plans and to walk through the high school as partners in a "safe school assessment."

Items covered included the completeness of the plan, training for teachers and other personnel, and drills for students. State law requires five lockdown drills, five fire drills and one severe weather drill per year, according to the group's website.

One of the speakers, Randy Johnson, is the director of the School Safety Center. He talked about ways to prevent unauthorized access to the school and ways to avoid threats.

Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Star Herald.

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