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Idaho Takes Security Steps to Avoid Shootings in K-12 Schools


By Dave Lubach Security

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.

For more on security in institutional and commercial facilities, visit www.facilitiesnet.com/security.

This quick read was submitted by Dave Lubach, associate editor for Facility Maintenance Decisions. Reach him at dave.lubach@tradepress.com.

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