New Laws Prompt Conn. Schools to Change School Security Policies

DARIEN, Conn. — In the wake of the passing of new legislation as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Connecticut school leaders are gearing up to amend safety and security policies to meet new directives.

The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) is currently completing an analysis of the new gun laws, and will propose related changes to school districts at the end of July. At the top of CABE’s list is allowing only local police officers or retired police officers to carry weapons on campus, Darien News Online reports.

Another change requires districts to conduct a risk-vulnerability assessment. Additionally, district officials must develop and implement a security safety plan based on national standards and an “all hazards” approach annually, beginning at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

CABE will also require schools to conduct crisis drills every third month, which will include parents and first responders as part of the planning.

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