Archive for Friday, December 14, 2012

School shooting has De Soto district taking closer look at safety in schools

December 14, 2012

In light of the shooting Friday at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., De Soto school district officials say they are taking a closer look at safety measures in schools.

“As we continue to follow the horrible details related to this situation, we wanted to provide assurance that USD 232 district and school crisis teams have been alerted and all schools have scheduled crisis team meetings that will occur prior to our students’ return on Monday morning,” said De Soto Superintendent Doug Sumner in a message that was posted to the district’s website Friday afternoon.

Alvie Cater, district spokesman, said most of those crisis team meetings had already occurred that afternoon.

Crisis teams are made up of the building principal and a cross-section of the school’s faculty, including teachers, the school counselor and a school resource officer if there is one, Cater said.

“Once the school day begins, all the doors are locked and you can only enter through the office,” Cater said of measures already in place. He said students and teachers also practice safety drills every school year.

“Student safety has always been a priority in our school district, but tragic events like this one remind us that we must all remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure the safety of our school communities,” Sumner said in the message.

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