Idaho Takes Security Steps to Avoid Shootings in K-12 Schools
September 13, 2016
Idaho’s state government is taking steps to avoid school shootings in K-12 schools by implementing a security program program that includes regular training and on-site security evaluations every three years.
The installation of the program follows a 2013 threat assessment following the Sandy Hook massacre. The state assessed safety at 74 schools and found relaxed visitor policies and door-locking issues at nearly every school, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported in an article
“Administrative turnover is one of the reasons it’s important to have this on a three-year cycle; another is that threats evolve,” says Rep. Wendy Horman. “We need to recognize that keeping a building safe now is different from what it was 10 or 20 years ago.”
School personnel will receive training during the evaluations and a status report afterward that will include recommendations, such as installing security cameras or electronic doors. The program will include training staff and faculty for active shooter situations.
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