More School Districts Vow to Improve Security
The response to the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting continues with even more school officials reviewing the security policies, procedures and technologies of their campuses.
Here are the headlines from around the nation:
- Ben Milam Elementary School and Cunningham Elementary officials are reviewing their school’s safety procedures.
- The Tredyffrin-Easttown School Board and administration will hold a community meeting on school safety on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Valley Forge Middle School auditorium.
- Nearly 250 parents attended a school safety town hall meeting on Thursday.
- The Shelby County Board of Education is discussing further security enhancements for its institutions following the mass shooting in Connecticut earlier this month.
- This district will be installing proximity readers to better control access. It is also conducting security audits.
- Districts in and around Austin are discussing how school buildings are designed, panic buttons and bullet-resistant window glazing.
- The New Jersey mayor moving ahead with arming police officers in his township’s schools defended the decision Monday after an avalanche of responses, some of it critical.
- Despite recent efforts to beef up security at Medford public schools, one city official argues the district needs to take a second look at its security budget.
- Concerned parents crowded the last Sayreville Board of Education meeting of 2012 to vocalize their worries about school security.
- Some schools, such as those in the Tuscaloosa City Schools System and Holy Spirit Catholic middle and high schools, were already making plans to alter their existing school security measures before the Connecticut mass shooting.
- Gov. Brian Sandoval today said he wants an assessment of how Nevada’s public schools are doing in regards to security following the horrific shooting deaths a week ago at a Connecticut elementary school.
- A state lawmaker in Rhode Island is calling for a review of security at schools in the Ocean State.
- Some charter schools took to conducting drills to sharpen emergency practices
- Eight of the 46 Riverside Unified school buildings need upgrades to control access, staff is reporting.
- Teachers locked classroom doors. Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies increased patrols near some elementary schools. Alarmed parents began lobbying principals and district officials for improvements to security at the gates and doors that give outsiders access into the buildings that contain their children.
- School safety officials said last week they were busy long before the tragic shootings in Connecticut prompted parental concerns nationwide.
- The speaker has called for a select committee to convene in early January to examine current laws and suggest any changes that might be needed.
- Superintendent John J. Petrelli met with members of the police force to discuss security and safety protocol in the schools. It was determined that on Jan. 4 town officials would meet again to exchange information on possible issues that need to be addressed.
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